The St. Louis Region System of Care (SOC) is a collaborative network of agencies, families, and youth focused on the total health of children and families with, or at risk for, serious emotional disorders. The SOC supports a family-driven, youth-guided approach to care. We want children, young adults and families in the St. Louis region to thrive in every aspect of their lives.

The SOC serves anyone with, or at risk for, a serious emotional disorder from birth to 21 years old, and their families in St. Louis City and County.

The System of Care is a philosophy put into practice that builds upon the strengths of youth and their families. Care is centered around the child and driven by the family. SOC members commit to a set of actions produce better outcomes for youth and their families.

SOC consists of institutions, units of government, organizations, and youth and family representatives that have all committed to advance the System of Care Philosophy. Vision for Children at Risk is administering the SOC under contract to the Saint Louis Mental Health Board. See a list of SOC partners.


Current System of Care programs:

  • Family Leadership Cabinet. This monthly meeting is for families and youth who have experience with the behavioral health system. See the Family Leadership Cabinet flyer. Register to attend the next upcoming meeting.
  • Wellness Community Café. Join in structured table conversations to improve the system serving the social, emotional and mental wellness needs of children with mental health issues and their families. This café series begins August 27, 2018. Learn more.

Need for the System of Care

Research shows that one in five Americans live with a mental illness, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Less than 20 percent of children and adolescents with diagnosable mental health problems receive the care they need, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Organizations similar to the System of Care across the U.S. are making progress on children’s mental health and improving the lives of families by preventing and treating those with, or at risk for, serious emotional disorders. These collaborative networks also save money because of earlier care and decreased admissions and lengths of stay in out-of- home treatment settings.