A ROSC is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that is person-centered and builds on the strengths and resiliencies of individuals, families, and communities to achieve abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life for those with or at risk of mental health, alcohol and drug problems. The central focus of a ROSC is to create an infrastructure or “system of care” with the resources to effectively address the full range of substance use and mental health problems within communities.
This commitment to change began with a ROSC summit in the Southern Region of Florida and has expanded into trainings where network service providers can learn what ROSC is and how important it is to implement its basic tenets into their organization.
The basic values of a ROSC are:
- Person centered
- Strength based
- Involvement of families, friends, care givers, allies, and the community
The core functions of a ROSC are:
- To educate and raise awareness
- Disseminate information
- Implement policy and practice changes
- Provide a menu of services
- Coordinate services
- Ensure ongoing quality improvement
Although we are in the early phases of transformation we foresee great potential in this model of care for improving access to care, quality of care, and ultimately, the effectiveness of that care.