Background

The Network of Care concept was piloted 14 years ago via a demonstration grant from the State of California, in partnership with California counties and Trilogy. The initial pilot was in the field of aging and long-term care. It was an immediate success and quickly spread to other health- and human-services arenas, at the request of state and local governments. It now offers portals for: Aging and Disabilities; Kids at Risk; Behavioral Health; Developmental Disabilities; Domestic Violence; Children and Families; Prisoner Reentry Services; Service Members, Veterans and Their Families, and a new site for Public Health Assessment and Wellness.

The program has won several national awards. The Network of Care for Behavioral Health was specifically recommended for adoption across the entire nation by the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and currently exists in 20 states and nearly 200 local jurisdictions. The success of this work in behavioral health prompted several national organizations to request the development of the program for Veterans. The Network of Care for Veterans was first funded by a SAMHSA Mental Health Transformation Grant in the State of Maryland.

The program has won several national awards. The Network of Care for Behavioral Health, specifically recommended for adoption across the entire nation by the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, currently exists in 20 states and nearly 200 local jurisdictions. The Veterans portal grew out of the Behavioral Health site's success at the request of numerous national organizations.

Maryland and California were the two national models, and after three years of development, their Network of Care sites were launched in every county in both states. This almost immediately generated requests for its replication around the country, including those from the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs.

The Network of Care platform was specifically designed to be replicated anywhere at a small fraction of its original development cost, and it can indeed be replicated quickly and affordably to any local and state jurisdiction in the nation. The local customization of the work is the key to serving our returning service members. Through the Network of Care, they can learn of all services available to them - federal and state VA, Department of Defense, state, local, community-based and grass-roots - all in one place. This is the only service of its kind in the nation that provides this "one-stop shop" of information.