A network-wide planning
process supports the network's commitment to achieving positive outcomes for the persons and families it serves.
Networks annually conduct a network-wide assessment
of the number, geographic distribution, qualifications, and skills of direct service providers needed to serve the populations for which they are responsible, and add capacity or shift resources, as necessary, to meet those needs.
In developing and maintaining the network, the network’s leaders consider, and annually review as part of their annual planning:
- the full range of services within the network’s scope and the network’s capacity to meet its responsibilities and goals;
- geographic access to network services, including travel times to locations and proximity to public transportation;
- the demographic makeup of network service providers compared to the demographic makeup of service recipients;
- access to specialty service providers, including culturally relevant service providers; and
- flexible hours of operation that meet the needs and preferences of service recipients.
Specialty service providers can include provider organizations or independent contractors
able to meet the linguistic, cultural, ethnic, or other needs of specific groups within the network’s defined service population
Every three years, the network management entity conducts a network-wide, long-term, strategic planning process that:
- reviews the network’s mission, values, and mandates;
- assesses its strengths and weaknesses;
- establishes goals and objectives that flow from its mission and mandated responsibilities;
- identifies appropriate strategies for meeting identified goals, including consideration of the network’s continued sustainability and possible need to redirect, eliminate, or expand service to respond to changing community demographics and needs;
- allocates resources to support capacity development for the delivery system, as needed;
- addresses changes in the funding environment;
- addresses changes in the regulatory environment; and
- includes the input of service recipients and their families.
Depending on the network’s development, this may be the initial network development plan or the most recent strategic plan.
Note: Please enter demographic information on the organization’s governing body
and community advisory group
on the Community Demographic Profile.
Once every long-term planning cycle, the network creates a demographic profile of the persons and families it serves and compares it to the demographics of its defined service population.
The network annually develops a short-term plan that:
- evaluates and identifies the type and number of service providers required to accomplish the network's mission, goals, and objectives; and
- supports the achievement of the network’s long-term goals and objectives.
are delivered to a defined population through an integrated network of providers with the goal of ensuring optimal access, quality
of care, and consumer