The State Interagency Council for Services and Supports to Children and Transition-age Youth (SIAC) is a group consisting of state agency representatives, a youth, a parent of a child or transition-age youth with a behavioral health need, and a member of a nonprofit family organization.
SIAC oversees coordinated policy development, comprehensive planning, and collaborative budgeting for services and supports to children and transition-age youth with or at risk of developing behavioral health needs and their families. SIAC strives to design and implement a system of care that is youth- and family-driven, community-based, culturally- and linguistically-responsive, trauma-informed, and recovery-oriented. SIAC conducts monthly meetings that are open to the public.
Regional Interagency Councils (RIACs) operate as the locus of accountability for the system of care, providing a structure for coordination, planning and collaboration of services and supports at the local level to children, adolescents, and transition-age youth and their families, to help them function better at home, in school, in the community and throughout life.
There are 18 RIACs across the commonwealth. Each council is composed of members representing the following: Regional Community Mental Health Centers; Administrative Office of the Courts; Department for Community Based Services; Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC); Office of Vocational Rehabilitation; Kentucky Education Cooperatives/Special Education Services; Department for Juvenile Justice; local health departments; a parent of a child with a behavioral health need who is or has been a consumer of system of care services and supports; and one transition-age youth who has a behavioral health disorder who is receiving or has received a service to address mental health, substance use, or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder. Collaboration is encouraged with any other local public or private agency that provides services and supports to children and transition-age youth with behavioral health needs.
Established through legislation written in 1990 by Representative Tom Burch of Louisville, SIAC oversees the hallmark program known as Kentucky IMPACT. It also offers oversight and consultation to various other child-serving programs and initiatives.
The primary goal of the IMPACT program is to coordinate local and state resources to serve children with severe emotional disabilities in their own homes, schools and communities, and to avoid out-of-home placements.
Kentucky IMPACT is administered on the local level by 18 Regional Interagency Councils. These interdisciplinary councils serve as the gatekeepers for entry and exit from the IMPACT program and oversight of funding provided to support the programs.
Service Planning Teams
Service Coordinators facilitate the creation of service planning teams that identify and address the needs of the child and family, and the first member of every service team is always the parent or guardian. Together the team members decide who should be included in developing a plan to serve the child.
Service team members frequently include school personnel (teachers, guidance counselors or school social workers), therapists, family members and other caregivers, and others involved in the child's life on a regular basis. Staff from the Departments for Community Based Services and Juvenile Justice or Court Designated Workers are also team members if the child is involved with those agencies.
Social and Emotional Health Task Force
SIAC believes that a holistic approach including the critical component of social and emotional health is necessary to improving the overall well-being and education of Kentucky's youth. The council further believes that the implementation of strategies to improve the social and emotional health of our youth should be a priority.
SIAC formed a Social and Emotional Health Task Force comprising representatives of all SIAC member agencies and additional stakeholders. This short-term task force is charged with presenting policy, process, and practice recommendations to SIAC to ensure greater alignment, integration, and collaboration among our agencies to improve the social and emotional health of our children, youth, and young adults.