Family Network - Lead Agency
LUK is contracted with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to secure and monitor mental health services for families in their care who are in need of such services. The statewide entity that was created to develop community resources, with the goals of improving permanency and reduced length of stays in and out of home placements, is known as Family Networks. In each area office, the network is referred to as the Lead Agency. LUK is the Lead Agency for the North Central Department of Children and Families (NCDCF), and the component is accessed only through DCF.
The Lead serves DCF in multiple ways. Lead staff work with DCF and community agencies to accomplish the following tasks:
- Develop a comprehensive network of area agencies who can meet the needs of DCF families.
- Work with DCF staff to determine the service needs of each family. The Lead ensures that families have "voice and choice" in decisions being made about their children and educates DCF and families as to an array of available services as appropriate.
- Refer clients to appropriate services. The Lead manages three services: Short-term, in-home support and stabilization (for example, in-home therapy or youth support), Intensive Foster Care (IFC), and group care (group homes, residential treatment).
- Monitor progress on identified goals and objectives quarterly.
- Ensure that clients are receiving high quality, effective services throughout the length of services.
- Lead the process of determining when a client is ready to step down to a lower level of care or return home as per DCF plans.