What is the Care Team Framework?

A Care Team consists of members of the school staff (administrators, counselors, teachers and support personnel), youth-serving agencies (mental, physical and behavioral health providers, as well as juvenile justice and law enforcement) and any other community members interested in supporting youth.

CTC framework requires multi-system collaboration to improve community systems of care. Our three-tier approach provides universal (Tier 1), early intervention (Tier 2) and intensive intervention (Tier 3) services. The CTC Three-Tier Approach is a whole child, multi-system approach, blending all elements through Asset Development. Youth see a caring community wrapping around them to provide supports whenever or wherever they are needed. CTC supports school and communities in redesigning infrastructure, making non academic barrier prevention as important as instruction and management. Training, tools, data and evaluation services are provided ensuring fidelity and accessing resources for long term sustainability. CTC’s web-based data system monitors effectiveness and guides continuous assessment toward meeting process objectives and teaching and learning outcomes.

While all Care Teams use this framework, the way in which the framework is implemented in each school is completely designed around that school’s culture and community needs.

Tier One: Whole School Prevention

  • Care Team members collaboratively design opportunities so every youth is actively engaged in Asset building throughout the school year. This includes Asset training and activities for students, staff and the community to improve school climate by creating a safe and supportive school environment. 
  • A major facet is the school-wide focus on building positive adult relationships with youth and ensuring that every child has at least three adults in his or her school community with whom he or she has a healthy bond. 

Tier Two: Early Intervention Services

  • School staff members use data to target groups of students who need additional services and supports to improve their likelihood of success. Care Team members provide these supports in both school- and community-based settings. 
  • Asset building activities include extended day programs, small group counseling, bullying prevention activities, leadership training, mentoring and classroom presentations on topics, such as suicide, depression and abstinence. 

Tier Three: Intensive Services 

  • Care Teams meet weekly to identify at-risk youth and provide wrap around services targeted at meeting that child's and family’s needs. 
  • Care Teams, working in partnership with youth and families, design Care Maps for targeted youth based on their individual strengths and needs and monitor progress related to achieving both academic and social/emotional goals.

By implementing the CTC framework with fidelity, communities make systemic enhancements to their community systems. CTC’s unique blend of community engagement, cross agency training, tools and support prepares schools and communities to partner in new ways.

Result: Increased student access to high quality social, emotional, behavioral and physical health care, improved youth outcomes and efficient and effective use of community resources.