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System of Care St. Louis Region Expansion is working to improve the mental health outcomes for children and youth, birth through age 24, with a serious emotional disorder (SED), and their families. It is a federally funded initiative through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that the St. Louis Mental Health Board manages.

Vision for Children at Risk provides the Family Support Services as part of the work. Our Family Support Partners walk alongside juvenile justice involved youth (and their families) ages 12-18 with SED and those with early signs and symptoms of Serious Mental Illness who live in the St. Louis Promise Zone.

The intent of the Expansion work is to build upon progress made through the System of Care St. Louis Region. Learn more here


Through System of Care St. Louis Region Expansion, our Family Support Team is working to:

  • Strengthen and enhance current infrastructure to connect juvenile justice involved youth and families with mental health service providers;
  • Connect juvenile justice involved youth and families with Family Support Partners; and
  • Create an Integrated Family Treatment Model for juvenile justice involved youth and families.

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Our Family Support Partners have lived experience as a parent or family member of a child/youth with a serious emotional disorder, as well as a deep connection to the communities in the St. Louis Promise Zone. They are here to:

  • Walk alongside youth/families as they navigate services;
  • Connect parents/families to peer-to-peer support; and
  • Help you advocate for a stronger more effective system.

To learn more about the System of Care Expansion Family Support work, contact Jawana Hammonds: | 314-534-6015 ext. 130.

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Parents: Families should be at the center of decisions that impact them. Our System of Care Parent & Youth Advisory Council is designed to put leadership and decision-making power back in your hands and to grow your impact by connecting families to a broader network of systems change makers. Learn more here or contact Jawana Hammonds at or 314-534-6015 ext. 130.

Partner Organizations: The VCR Family Support Partner (FSP) program works to strengthen the community, react to needs, and leverage engagement. We offer FSP services through our partnership with the System of Care, which collaborates with family service providing organizations to help promote family voice & choice. Learn more about the System of Care Council (SOC) here

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Upcoming Events

Community Cafe

Conversations that Matter-focusing on children’s mental health stigma. Stay tuned for more details.

STLCANN Training
A Panel Presentation:
Services for Children and Families throughout the St. Louis region.


Project LAUNCH
Parent's Café​

Connect with other parents and caregivers to strengthen your family.

Children’s Data

Children of Metropolitan St. Louis
A Report to the Community

Vision for Children at Risk informs the community with data and information on child well-being in the St. Louis area, builds and drives collaboration and strategic action for children, and advocates for policies and investment in children that support child well-being.