Family Partner Peer Support (FPPS) is a community-based service provided to the caregiver of a child/youth that has mental illness, substance use disorder or co-occurring diagnoses. FPPS provides structured, one-to-one, person-centered, strength-based interventions, that promote self-determination, self-advocacy and focus on recovery and resiliency. The service provided to the caregiver must be directed exclusively toward the benefit of the eligible child/youth. FPPS is expected to improve the outcomes for child/youth that are involved in multiple systems and increase the child/youth and the family’s capacity to manage their own services and support while promoting recovery and healthy relationships. FPPS is based on the belief that family voice and choice are essential in care and in producing positive outcomes.
FPPS activities and interventions are provided by the Certified Family Partner (CFP), who is a person who has self-identified as a caregiver having raised or are currently raising a child/youth with mental, emotional, behavioral and/or co-occurring disorder and who has successfully navigated the child/youth serving systems to access treatment and resources necessary to build resiliency and foster success in the home, school and community. The CFP aims to provide the caregiver with skills, strategies, knowledge and support to strengthen the family and increase the caregivers’ ability to support the treatment goals of the child/youth, which will thereby enhance the youth’s ability to function within home, school and community. Structured services provided by CFP may include:
a. Caregiver mentoring or coaching (one-on-one) – Engaging families through sharing experience (e.g. telling components of their own story), which enhances the engagement of the family, promotes a sense of being understood and affirmed, and instills a sense of hope for their family’s future.
b. Recovery resource connecting – Connecting caregiver to professional and nonprofessional services and resources available in the community that can assist with meeting family needs or reducing parental stress.
c. Skills Development – Teach skills and provide coaching on effective ways to address their child/youth’s mental health or SUD needs and manage associated behaviors. This includes skills toward addressing the caregiver’s own well-being.
d. Informational/Educational Support – Providing psychoeducation with caregiver about child development, the course of mental illness, substance use effects and its impact on child development, services and supports, treatment options and other resources.
e. Advocacy – Providing information on rights and resources or providing direct advocacy support or coaching the caregiver on effective strategies to obtain services and navigate systems.
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