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Montana Children’s Initiative

VISION:  An array of accessible, sustainable, quality services that offer healing, recovery and hope for Montana’s children and families

MISSION:  Working together for an effective and efficient system that cares

Principles of Membership

  1. The Association’s work shall be driven by its mission, core values, and adopted scope of work plan.
  2. The Association seeks to stimulate and influence approaches to serving children and families that recognize children’s needs are exceptionally different from adults’ needs and that keep children and their families the primary focus.
  3. The Association is invested in strategic planning and action, which engages the greater system to act in a concerted manner and results in long term, systemic change that is specifically tailored to children’s needs.
  4. The Association aims to make informed decisions through a process that embraces candid sharing, reliable information/data, honest discussion, direct expression of conflict, and consensus.
  5. The Association endorses open sharing of knowledge, resources, and information/data concerning consumer/family needs, availability of services, and service outcomes.
  6. The Association is committed to work and speak as a collective entity, while concurrently maintaining respect for diversity and individuality among members.
  7. The Association supports the evolution of a diverse provider network that responds to the core needs of children and families and incorporates the value of equality and fair practices in contracting and reimbursement among providers.
  8. The Association seeks to share information and work conjointly with the State of Montana and other governmental, public, and voluntary agencies in an effort to move toward the creation of a genuine collaborative partnership.
  9. The Association supports the principle that a responsive system of care requires substantial and real participation from consumers/families in all phases of development and oversight.
  10. The Association endorses culturally competent approaches to serving children and families that are respectful of diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic differences and promote rich learning opportunities.