The mission of Cape Atlantic I.N.K. is to create solutions together with youth, young adults and their families, in partnership with the community, that facilitate desired changes in their lives and enhance their ability to live and thrive in their community.
Healthy Families:Thriving Communities
Cape Atlantic I.N.K. (Integrated Network for Kids) is a non-profit Care Management Organization that facilitates and coordinates care for children with the most complex emotional and behavioral needs in Atlantic and Cape May, New Jersey counties.
We are a core component of the statewide Children's Initiative that is reforming the way families receive the supportive services they need.
Cape Atlantic I.N.K. is committed to providing an effective system of care that is comprehensive and integrated, and empowers both the child and his/her family.
The Values of Cape Atlantic I.N.K. articulate the basis on which service delivery occurs:
- Centered on the strengths that are inherent in each situation, with service delivery planning focusing on the total child, across all life domains, in a proactive manner;
- Driven by family needs and goals, assuring that the family is engaged in a process that is flexible and friendly;
- Culturally proficient and responsible to the community strengths, programs and resources that characterized the flavor of the unique cultures of the families within each neighborhood, to create a caring and hones exchange;
- Outcomes driven and focused on the quality and appropriateness of the results that come from coordinating and managing services for children; and
- Self-monitoring, in a continual endeavor to improve the caliber of service and be self-corrective when necessary.
The fundamental principles that lead this venture affirm that Cape Atlantic I.N.K. is:
- A leader in the community and has the charge of training and educating children, families, community members and service providers;
- Obligated to listen to parents, children and the community, not for collateral guidance, but for more effective participation in the reform effort;
- A change agent – through creative problem solving with “off the menu” solutions that offer fresh perspectives to guide the change process;
- Culturally competent in recognizing and celebrating diversity to honor the unique contribution in each family and community;
- A partner with kids, families, and communities, and other systems to synthesize perspectives and priorities; and
- Steam-lined to make services timely, accessible, age-appropriate, and seamless.
Who we are
Cape Atlantic I.N.K. is a government funded, non-profit agency dedicated to organizing and coordinating services, resources and supports for children and adolescents in Atlantic and Cape May Counties with serious emotional and behavioral challenges.
We are an organization that believes in a unique model of care that capitalizes on the identified strengths and assets already present within the young person and his or her family.
What we do
Partner to form a Team of support around the child/adolescent with people who truly know and care about the future of the young person in crisis. The goal of this support system is to keep the child in his or his/her “Home, School and Community, and Out-of-Trouble”.
Provide skilled care management to children and their families employing both traditional mental health services and creative community-based opportunities available to Atlantic and Cape May County residents. In order to maximize quality of care, each Care Manager works closely with a maximum of 10 youth and their families.
How we do it
Children and adolescents are referred through a centralized access route operated by PerformCare, the Contracted System Administrator, designated by the NJ Division of Children’s System of Care to authorize services for children in need of mental health care.
Through meetings coordinated by Cape Atlantic I.N.K., the members of the support network, the Child Family Team, develop an Individualized Service Plan. This ISP is based on the acknowledged strengths, needs, and interests of the child, his or her family, extended family and community. The CFT members are identified by the child and family with the support of the Care Manager. Team members can be a coach, a therapist, a neighbor, a relative, your faith-based provider, or a friend. The CFT provides a foundation for growth and sustainability for the young person.