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FULL PARTNERSHIP

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PLEASE JOIN US AT THE NEXT FULL PARTNERSHIP MEETING:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
10AM-12PM
(*if it's your first time, please come to the Orientation at 9am)
RSVP to Andrea Dacumos phn: 510-481-4210, fax: 510-481-4269, e-mail: ADacumos@acbhcs.org
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FULL PARTNERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS AS OF MAY 2012

The Full Partnership currently meets every 6-8 weeks.  The May 17th event was the fifth Full Partnership meeting.  

At the February and April events, participants helped develop a Membership Model for the Full Partnership in order to build a consistent group of decision-makers. (Click here to see Membership Structure document.) At the May 17th Full Partnership, 27 participants identified as Members, and 11 people identified as Supporters.  Overall, there were 48 participants at the May 17th event, including:

·      25 family members

·      9 providers from various child & family serving organizations

·      2 representatives from Family-run organizations

·      3 representatives from West Ed (Evaluation Agency)

·      6 Early Connections staff members

·      3 interpreters

Over the course of the last 8 months, Early Connections community participants have identified five broad categories of system of care issues that affect children aged 0-5 and their families.  As part of the Early Connections strategic planning process, at the May 17th event, FP participants looked at these five categories, and how these categories are connected to Early Connections goals and strategies.  Then participants prioritized specific aspects of each issue.  Here are the top priorities in each category. (Click here to see complete Theme Tally.)

1.     Fail First: Screening only happens after the child is having issues. 

2.     Access and Fragmentation: Eligibility and coverage is challenging; Medi-Cal and Diagnosis access to services (limited access to full range of services). Inequity in services as a result. Lack of documentation prevents people from getting access. 

3.     Community Conditions: Lack of awareness of trauma, poverty, racism, immigration, unemployment status on family and child well-being.

4.     Effective Services: Developmental: there is a lack of system capacity to identify and address developmental issues.  As a result, some children don’t receive appropriate services.

5.     Organizational Barriers: TIE between (a) Treating child is about treating the family. & (b) Lack of mutual understanding between family members and provider experiences creates fear around the shifting power dynamics under family driven care.