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Alone! Alone! Alone!

 

It's like I'm wearing a mask, no one can see my face
I'm not scared of monsters; I already wear the ugliest face
Forever in the dark; can someone lead me to the light?
My only friend is the silence, so I'm always at the night
No one can step in my shoes; tell me why you won't fit?
No one can understand me; not even if you went through what I did
Broken mirror in my hands; I can relate to the broken pieces
Because once my heart was shattered; I couldn't stand so I dropped to my knees
Did the world just end? I'm already drowning in tears
I'm also burning inside; flames are coming out of my ears
I built walls around me, but it's like the walls are laughing at me
I'm probably crazy in my head; these words are starting to attack me
No home so I'm alone. Ill crawl back to the dark
My shadow left me; so now I'm back from where I start.

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Implementing Multicultural Competence Training in Saginaw County

 

In 2013, Saginaw MAX System of Care implemented a multicultural competence training model called the California Brief Multicultural Competence Scale (CBMCS) Multicultural Competence Training. To date, Saginaw MAX has trained more than 100 individuals in this training model. The model consists of 3 days of intensive training in 4 areas: multicultural knowledge, awareness of cultural barriers, sensitivity and responsiveness to consumers, and sociocultural diversities. In part, due to the success of this training model, the Saginaw Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Project identified this training model as a strategy to address the disproportionate contact occurring in Saginaw County's juvenile justice, and children's protective service/foster care, or child welfare, systems.

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Dr. Paul Elam Examines Unequal Treatment for African- American Children in Saginaw County

By: Dr. Paul Elam

Public Policy Associates, Inc. is partnering with Saginaw County Community Mental Health, Courts, Department of Human Services and local Law Enforcement to study the over-representation of African Americans in the child welfare system and devise strategies to address it.

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An Introduction to Evidence Based Practice: Doing What You Know Works

 

Saginaw MAX System of Care is a collaboration of all the child-serving organizations in Saginaw County that help families with children who have complex mental health issues. Saginaw MAX is grounded in a specific set of core values and guiding principles that helps point all of the components in the same direction with a common goal. Saginaw MAX is funded by a 6-year children's mental health federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) with the ultimate goal of helping families with children and, or youth, who have complex mental health issues to achieve their desired results. Three of the essential core values used to design any successful system of care, including our own in Saginaw County, is youth-guided, family-driven, and cultural and linguistic competence. In order to achieve the result that the youth and their family have identified, a variety of services, or interventions, may need to be reviewed by the family's treatment team which is made up of various service providers and natural supports chosen by the youth and family to help. Sometimes one or more interventions will be used that meet the individualized needs of the youth and family served. In order to determine which intervention(s) best meets the needs of an individual youth and family, it is important to know if the intervention is effective in treating the need that has been identified. The term that systems use to help identify if an intervention is effective in treating a specific need is "evidence-based practice."

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How Are We Doing?

Evaluation of the Saginaw MAX System of Care Project

What is Evaluation?
Saginaw MAX keeps track of who we are helping, how we are helping them and what kinds of results we are getting. This is called Evaluation

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