Interagency

  • Boone County Interagency Committee 2018-2019

    If families, schools or agency staff wish to make an Interagency referral, please contact the Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition (BCSMHC) Director:

    There is no paperwork required to make a referral.

    • The Director contacts the referring party, parents/guardians to complete a referral and gain permission.

    What is the Interagency Committee?

    • The Boone County Interagency Committee is a long-standing, weekly, meeting of representatives from state affiliated agencies that exists to assist families and guardians to learn about and access support options in the community to help families reach the goals they set for themselves.
    • The committee operates to provide a System of Care for youths/families seeking supports for behavioral health concerns.
    • A system of care is a broad array of effective services and supports for youths with behavioral health disorders and their families that is organized into a coordinated network. The system integrates care planning and management across multiple levels, is culturally and linguistically competent and builds meaningful partnerships with families and youths at service delivery, management and policy levels.

    Who is on the team? Standing team members are representatives of the:

    • Juvenile Office (JO)
    • Boone County Family Resources (BCFR)
    • Children's Division (CD)
    • Burrell Behavioral Health (BBH)
    • Public School district (representative from the youth’s home district)
    • Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition (BCSMHC) representative (meeting chair)
    • Missouri University Psychiatric Center (MUPC) representative attends if the youth has had an inpatient hospitalization at this hospital, or if arranged
    • Other agencies working with the family may attend though they are not standing members (e.g. Family Access Center of Excellence (FACE) of Boone County, Central MO Regional Center, Division of Youth Services, Rainbow House, state contractors)
    • Families may bring individuals to support them in the meeting
    • Other agencies, with parent/guardian permission

    Why make a referral?

    • To initiate and gain supports for youths/families who do not have these in place.
    • if a youth has special circumstances in his/her life that cause or contribute to a lack of school success
    • if the youth has significant issues in the community
    • if there is consideration that the family could benefit from comprehensive supports

    To coordinate care for youths/families already receiving services through agencies, to:

    • deliberately organize care and treatment activities
    • share information among all participants concerned with such care
    • achieve better, more effective care and utilization of services

    When and where does the team meet?

    • Meetings are held on Wednesday afternoons throughout the school year.
    • Summer meetings are scheduled as needed.
    • Meeting times: 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM
    • Present Location: Columbia Schools- Aslin Administration Building at 1818 W. Worley, Columbia.
    • Other locations for meetings will be determined and communicated to parents, teams and agencies, if a need arises

    What happens at the meeting?

    • Discussion occurs to allow the referring party, parents/guardians and agencies to share information and determine if services might be provided/revised to support the youth and family.
    • The team develops action plans.
    • Assignments are made to address the action steps. These are discussed and agreed upon.
    • Follow up support is arranged.
    • Contact information is shared.
    • If desired, a follow-up meeting is arranged.
    • Recap of the meeting is given so that all participants are comfortable with the plan.

    Other things to know about Interagency Committee meetings:

    • No meetings are held on school holidays or when school is canceled.
    • No transportation assistance is provided by the committee.
    • If the parents/guardians do not attend but have signed a release of information form, the team may hold the meeting and communicate information to parents/guardians
    • No childcare is available for the meeting.
    • Youths do not attend these meetings unless arranged in advance.

    If you have questions about this process, please email the BCSMHC Director for assistance:

     Lou Ann Tanner- Jones, Ph.D., tannerjonesl@missouri.edu