Children's Services Council of Martin County
The mission of the Children’s Services Council of Martin County is to enhance the lives of the children of Martin County and to enable them to attain their full potential.
Since 2002, the Children’s Services Council has collaborated with local funders to carry out a systematic assessment of the health and well-being of the children of Martin County. The purpose of the effort has been to create a more effective system of services for the children of Martin County.
The assessment has identified the unique needs of the children of the community, assessed the resources available to meet those needs, and determined the fit between the needs and the resources.
Methods for continually monitoring the health and well-being of the children of the community have also been developed. A set of 14 indicators of youth health and well-being has been selected, and a data collection and analysis system, named the Services and Activities Management Information System (SAMIS), is now being utilized by all programs funded by the Children's Services Council of Martin County.
Tracking the indicators of youth health and well-being provides a snapshot of the status of Martin County’s children, as compared to youth statewide. The comparison data serves as a foundation for assessing areas of need in the community.
SAMIS is a web-based computer application into which Council-funded providers enter fiscal and programmatic information. It allows the Children's Services Council to monitor the program's fiscal practices and to evaluate the impact of the services being provided.
What follows is a plan to bring about change in areas of need highlighted by the assessment and other efforts. Progress will be monitored through SAMIS and the youth health and well-being indicators.
The goal of the effort is to create a more effective system of services--a set of services designed to meet the unique needs of the children of Martin County.
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