To date, 169 youth have been enrolled into Saginaw MAX System of Care services. After six months of System of Care support, 92.6% of youth reported feeling safer in their neighborhoods (n=28) and a 14% decrease in physical fighting, theft and arrests.
Hundreds of young people throughout Saginaw County live with complex emotional and behavioral challenges. It affects their work in school, their family stability and their interactions with others. Helping them requires not only family support, but a carefully coordinated team approach that often involves the educational, mental health, child welfare, healthcare, juvenile justice and law enforcement systems.
In a county with high rates of violence, unemployment, trauma and poverty, a much needed supportive approach has not always been there. That has left many of our young people with very limited opportunities.
Saginaw MAX System of Care was developed to help meet the unique needs of youth with complex emotional and behavioral challenges. It is a partnership of all the child- and family-serving agencies that can provide services to these youth. It is designed to provide tightly coordinated care — a system that maximizes resources, maximizes teamwork and maximizes results. Together, this maximizes opportunities for all – and helps us build a stronger community.