Imagine this…Bob and Sue receive prevention case management services, employment counseling and take classes to earn their high school diploma while their young children play safely in the child care area. Tomorrow Sue will return to the center for a well-child exam for one of the kids, prior to meeting with her substance abuse counselor who walks her down the hall at the end of their session to meet with her therapist. On her way out, Sue stops by and speaks with the referral specialist about scheduling an appointment with legal services to discuss a landlord issue when she is in the center next week for her parent support group. A very productive day…all at one bus stop…all under one roof!
While a new concept to Indianapolis, this innovative model of bringing organizations together under one roof, to focus on what they do best while sharing a common vision and commitment to improve outcomes that neighborhood residents agree to and support is happening in communities across the United States and Canada. The Co-location of Services center will:
- Reduce barriers for families to access services.
- Create a one-stop shop center for comprehensive prevention based services.
- Create better lives for young people and their families.
- Foster innovative collaborations among prevention-based organizations.
Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY), Children’s Bureau, Goodwill Industries, Fairbanks, and Eskenazi/Midtown Mental Health are leading the way and working together to make this “one-stop shop” a reality in Indianapolis. Each of us believes that promoting healthy children, families and communities by increasing access, use and capacity of existing services through innovative, neighborhood-based partnerships in a single location, will have a lasting positive impact on children and families.