What are Maine Regional Care Teams?
Place Matters provides facilitation, data, and research support to this Maine Department of Corrections led effort to support individual system-involved youth and their families and to help inform broader system change. The Regional Care Network is made up of individuals from youth-serving agencies, systems, organizations, and communities in each Department of Corrections (DOC) region who will help support and inform the Regional Community Care Teams as well as stay connected to the process and any outcomes and lessons learned. Additionally, the state Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) has provided emergency COVID response funds to assist these teams in supporting youth in their community. Regional Care Teams is co-designed with our community partners in wraparound case management and emergency response fund administrations: Wings for Children and Families (Region 3 and 2) and The Opportunity Alliance (Region 1 and 2).
The goal of these Regional Care Teams is to facilitate shared accountability to the health, safety, and wellbeing of justice-involved youth so that all youth are thriving in their communities into adulthood. The Regional Care Teams work to strengthen cross-system, provider, and community involvement to inform local resource development and increase supports, resources and opportunities for youth through a local community-based continuum of care to decrease detention.
Regions & Contacts
Each region supports a network of people and organizations ready to work together to support individual youth and their families AND to help inform system change. If you are interested in joining the network as a partner for your region you can email the DOC Regional Correctional Administrator or facilitator for that region.
RCT Monthly Meetings
Each Department of Corrections (DOC) Regional Administrator (RCA) convenes a monthly meeting of agency representatives, providers, community stakeholders, and youth and families to support youth in community. The Place Matters team provides co-facilitation, planning, and support. Meeting participants share information, resources, and strategies to assist in supporting a specific youth and will also help to identify and inform regional and statewide systemic changes that will improve youth, program, and population outcomes.
Monthly meetings also serve as a time to provide case consultation for individual youth upon referral to the Regional Care Teams for support. The meetings use a case sharing approach to triage and help develop responses to unmet needs.
Interested to learn more about monthly meetings? Check out our Meeting Guide.
Refer a Youth to Regional Care Teams
Since the inception of the Regional Care Teams, we have had over 100 referrals and provided supports to over 80 youth. Youth may be referred by a juvenile corrections staff member, other agency staff member, social worker or case manager, or anyone who is working with a transition aged youth (age 14-24) who is at risk of or currently involved with the justice system.
To refer a youth, you must fill out a youth referral form. There is a form for youth who need a full care team review and another form for youth where there is a need of funds to support their needs. Click on the links below to access the forms.
Once a form is completed, the responses are sent to the Regional Correctional Administrator for the specific region who will review the form and specific request.
Case Review Request Form
Funds Request Form
Data & Resources
The Place Matters team and the Regional Care Teams network is dedicated to ongoing performance monitoring to continuously improve the initiative and make data-informed decisions. We do this through ongoing data tracking of our referrals and an annual evaluation report.
Referrals data dashboard
Annual evaluation report