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For Immediate Release

Easterseals UCP Receives i2i Innovation Award

The C.A.R.E.S. Program Supports Families After a Mental Health Crisis

Pinehurst, NC, December 12, 2019

The i2i Center for Integrative Health presented the Easterseals UCP C.A.R.E.S. (Community Assessment and Response to Expedite Services) Program with the 2019 Innovation Award for Quality Commitment.  This new program was recognized for supporting families by linking them with appropriate services following the challenges of a mental health crisis.

awardThe Children’s Mental Health Services team at Easterseals UCP created this program to reduce barriers for children and families experiencing frequent crisis and offering innovative, effective and supportive intervention.  Experienced staff  quickly link youth and families to services by offering community-based assessments and referrals.

Megan Wingate, Program Director for Easterseals UCP Children’s Mental Health Services said, ““We are honored and humbled to receive the i2i Center for Integrative Health Innovation Award for Quality Commitment for our C.A.R.E.S model. The program is making a significant impact on families in crisis in our community, providing support when they need it and on their terms. The purpose of C.A.R.E.S is to make a real and positive change in our community with everyone invested in a shared vision. Our partnership with School Based Care Coordination is a true collaboration and we work together to help youth and families navigate our system and ensure that they access the appropriate services.” 

In 2017, Easterseals UCP began a pilot C.A.R.E.S. program and was impressed with the successful outcomes.  The following year, the program expanded with the partnership of the Alliance’s School Based Care Coordination (SBCC) team with continued positive results. During the 2018-19 school year this partnership resulted in a 35% increase in successful linkage of SBCC referrals to treatment within 45 days.

The parent of a 16-year-old individual that connected to C.A.R.E.S. during a stressful event said, “I met an angel that day and can’t thank you enough. I didn’t know how I was going to get through it. I don’t know how you were able to get youth to buy in and we were able to figure it out and it was the best outcome given the circumstances.”

The C.A.R.E.S. program is open to children and young adults with frequent mental health challenges.  Learn more about the Easterseals UCP C.A.R.E.S. program.

Easterseals provides meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.

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