Child Behavioral Health

Systems of Care

Children with serious emotional disturbances face challenges in many aspects of their daily lives at home, in school, in social situations and in the community. Because of this, they need coordinated services and supports from a variety of child-serving agencies as well as natural supports located in their home communities.

Systems of Care (SOC), supported in North Carolina, are coordinated networks of community services and supports that are organized to meet these challenges. The system of care model is not a program; it is a philosophy of how care should be delivered. This approach to services recognizes the importance of family, school and community, and promotes each child's full potential by addressing physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and social needs.

System of Care Approach

  • The mental health service system is driven by the needs and preferences of the child and family, using a strengths-based perspective.
  • Family involvement is integrated into all aspects of service planning and delivery.
  • Services are built on multi-agency collaboration and grounded in a strong community base.
  • A broad array of services and supports are provided in an individualized, flexible, coordinated manner and emphasize treatment in the least restrictive, most appropriate setting.

Find an SOC Coordinator in your area.


LME/MCO Directory
Child Mental Health Awareness Week and Day 2019
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Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Children with Complex Needs
Children with Substance Use Disorders 
NC Collaborative for Children, Youth & Families 
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Child and Family State & Community Resource Partners 
NC Families United 
NC Youth MOVE 
NC Child Treatment Program – Trauma-informed evidence-based treatment 
NC Fostering Health/NC Pediatric Society 
Building Bridges Initiative
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
DHHS Early Childhood Action Plan
Triple P – Positive Parenting Program
Child Development Domains and Development Assets