Building a Future

Where Emotional Health is Valued and Attainable by All




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CCSI convened over
60 meetings a year to raise
awareness and empower
caregivers and providers
to meet children’s needs.

Vibrant’s Center for Policy, Advocacy and Education is a leader in bringing together the right stakeholders to assert the importance of emotional wellness and the reforms needed to improve mental health care. One person and policy reform at a time, Vibrant is making emotional health a community priority.

Karmita

“CCSI became my around-the-clock support system. They helped me determine the missing resources in Elliott’s plan, putting him on the path to recovery. Now he has a real shot at achieving the emotional wellness

he deserves.”

—KARMITA MORGAN-RANDALL

New York City’s Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative (CCSI) recognizes that emotional wellness should be the right of every child. That’s why CCSI — administered by Vibrant Emotional Health — offers a unique opportunity for parents and caregivers to meet face-to-face with providers and policy makers to determine the right care and the right resources for their children in need.

I turned to CCSI for support when I was struggling to determine the gaps in my son, Elliott’s, emotional and behavioral healthcare needs. When Elliott was a teenager, he had been the victim of an attack outside a convenience store in our neighborhood, leaving him with physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. Faced with a mental health condition that requires ongoing treatment, I felt ill-equipped to manage his recovery.

After several years of navigating the health care system on my own, I realized I needed a community-based solution that would offer me expertise, referrals and support. That’s why I was drawn to CCSI’s Borough Based Council model. The Councils offer families a chance to meet once a month with community service providers to jointly create an individualized plan for a child in need. Often times, parents and providers collaborate to identify gaps in behavioral health services that require problem- solving at the city or state level.

CCSI became my around-the-clock support system. They helped me determine the missing resources in Elliott’s plan, putting him on the path to recovery. Now he has a real shot at achieving the emotional wellness he deserves.

After such a positive experience with CCSI, I wanted to share this invaluable resource with other families in my community. That’s why earlier this year I volunteered to be the Co-Chair of the Manhattan Borough Based Council.

I now have the chance to work with neighbors and friends to develop community-driven solutions tailored to the individual needs of their children. I believe that if we work block by block, family by family then we can create a life that’s #VibrantforAll.

—KARMITA MORGAN-RANDALL, MANHATTAN BOROUGH BASED COUNCIL CO-CHAIR, CCSI