COMC partnership

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CMFCAA has been working on a partnership with the Central Ozarks Medical Center to create an online portal where families around the central Missouri area can find valuable resources and services with just a few simple clicks! The Central Ozarks Medical Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center that has been serving south-central Missouri since 1979 and has a long history of meeting the needs of the community by offering medical, dental, and behavioral health care. Richland Medical Center, Inc., Central Ozarks Medical Center (COMC), and Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association (CMFCAA) have partnered with the goal of providing further care and assistance to foster, adoptive, and kinship children and families, as well as those in the Division of Youth Services and involved in the juvenile justice system.

COMC serves four counties within the larger 24 county service area of CMFCAA. The four counties in common are Laclede, Pulaski, Camden, and Miller Counties. Within these counties, the work of the Foster and Adoption Collaborative is to assist the community, reduce duplication of services, increase coordination, identify meaningful referral pathways, and support placement transitions. Leaning on the strong foundation of work already being done with CMFCAA, COMC will join CMFCAA to grow community involvement through established monthly meetings with the Foster and Adoption Collaborative. COMC and CMFCAA will identify community partners for the Collaborative to put in this project. This will include schools, juvenile justice, Family Support Division Kids Harbor, local churches, community action agencies and others who want to contribute and assist this population.

With a strong assessment of current and available resources, the collaborative will begin by focusing on how referrals to resources are provided, successfully achieved, and tracked. Once current practices of referrals are understood, a universal tracking tool will be developed and utilized by collaborative partners who have signed a MOU and privacy agreement. The private portal will allow the creation of direct referrals, as well as tracking those referrals. This will allow each partner to be able to review and assess for closure of the referrals and support better collaborative efforts and care.