Children Come First program (CCF). The primary mission of CCF is to stabilize a child’s emotional and behavioral health in order to prevent or reduce the length of placement in a psychiatric hospital, residential care center or juvenile correction. Serving children from birth to 19 years old, CCF offers comprehensive case management, family advocacy and wraparound services, and operates a provider network of traditional and nontraditional mental health service providers supporting children in the community.
The success of this program comes from a great model of strength-based, flexible care that works to create an individualized plan for the children by working with their schools, families, and communities. This creates a network of support and stability around the child empowering both them and their families to be active in their support. By keeping the children out of institutions, the state is not only saving money but also keeping the children in school and within their family and community settings leading to higher success. By focusing on the children’s strengths and engaging them in positive ways CCF saves the state millions of dollars by keeping them in the community and active in society.
CCF is only one of many programs offered by Community Partnerships that use the strength-based model to connect with the community. They have the Early Childhood Initiative Program: a voluntary home visiting program for pregnant women and families with children aged 0-3, ArtSpeak: a one-of-a-kind expressive art program designed for youth who struggle with mental illness and behavioral challenges, and Transition to Independence: a program designed to recognize that between the ages of 18-30 young adults who live with a mental health diagnose have unique needs and provides specialized services to them. These are only three of nine programs currently running, with many more opportunities being presented continuously.
Circle of Hope event was organized. What started as a small wine and cheese fundraiser where children could show off their artwork, this event has grown into a remarkable evening that raises funds to help support all of the incredible programs that Community Partnerships provide to the community. This year is going to be the most exciting yet. Join FIRE Light Group on Friday, May 8th at UW-Madison's Union South for "Vintage Vegas", an event that embodies an era of crooners and class where the Rat Pack reigned supreme. Help us work to promote Community Partnerships and all the valuable programs they provide... and have a great time too!