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3-Tiers for Family Engagement
Osher, T.  3-Tiers for Family Engagement presents a model for organizing activities to engage families in systems of care. The model builds on a public health approach. Family-driven examples are used to illustrate the model's application in planning for individual youth and families as well as for insuring family voice in making decisions about the system of care as a whole.

 

Family Roles in System of Care Communities
Donovan-Mason, M., Houston, J., Niarhos, M., & Peters, D.  Identifying roles that families can play in system of care communities was determined to be a topic that needed further development by the Family Involvement Community of Practice (FI CoP), which is sponsored by the TA Partnership, and was the focus of this webinar. FI CoPmembers wanted a tool to show what roles families can play based on their interests, skills, and experience. A workgroup was formed, ideas were discussed and investigated, drafts were sent out for comments and edits, and finally the document was presented to our community of practice. Members of the workgroup introduced the Checklist of Family Roles in System of Care Communities, providing examples of the roles families can fill and how the checklist can be used in your jurisdiction. Participants were encouraged to ask questions and comment about the document.

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Implementing Youth-Guided and Family-Driven Systems of Care
Williams, K., & Couch, B.  This Webinar examined what it really means to be a youth-guided and family-driven system of care. Presenters illustrated how youth-guided and family-driven principles can be transformative and how to implement these principles in systems and communities. With the resources and strategies shared, participants gained awareness of the impact that youth-guided and family-driven approaches can have on the overall effectiveness of systems of care.

 

Indicators of Family Involvement
Patterson, C., Mullendore, G., Strech, G., Jones, L., Cordero, R.  In system of care communities, we work toward being family driven in our practices and policies. Defining what this looks like in communities has been a question that comes up over and over. In 2011, a workgroup composed of lead family contacts and evaluators from three communities completed some focused work listing indicators of family involvement. This webinar presented communities with concrete examples and ways to evaluate your work toward achieving a family-driven system of care.

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Working Toward a Family-Driven System of Care: Evaluation Milestones
This call provided examples and "how-to’s" on the implementation and infusion of family-driven practices and policies in system of care evaluation work. Delaware’s BEST Lead Evaluator, Timothy Fowles, Ph.D. and evaluation team members, Mandy Wilson and ZacharyPietrantoni presented lessons learned, specific examples of family-driven evaluation practices and policies and next steps for your communities. 

 

Family Involvement Community of Practice Call
This first Family Involvement Community of Practice (FI CoP) quarterly conference call provided examples and "how tos" on the implementation and infusion of family-driven practices and policies in broad aspects of your transformational work. Sandra Spencer, Executive Director of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and Gary Blau, Chief, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA) presented lessons learned, specific examples of transforming children’s mental health practices and policies and next steps for your communities. Significant time was also included for answering questions concerning the successful implementation and infusion of the family-driven value at all levels within systems of care.

 

Partnerships with Family Organizations in Systems of Care: Strategies for Success
Although there is increased emphasis on partnering with families in decision-making at all levels of mental health service planning and delivery, many system of care communities have difficulty making partnerships with families a reality. This webinar will describe findings from a research study that examined how these partnerships have been successfully developed within system of care communities. The webinar will highlight the collaboration between system of care leaders and family organizations, the roles and responsibilities of each, and successes and challenges in creating this important collaboration.

 

How-to’s of System of Care Leadership/ Family Organization Partnering (Topical Call #1)
The call focused on strategies for partnering between system of care leaders and the family organization. Kathleen Ferreira, Ph.D. from the University of Florida started us off with a brief review of the findings she presented in the webinar in March. Frank Rider facilitated the discussion.

The main questions discussed were:

  1. How do these findings reflect what you see within your community?
  2. Do these findings and implications impact how you might work with families in your community? Do you see strategies that can be applied?
  3. When the rubber hits the road, what do you need to know to support family-driven care in your community?

 

Sustaining Family Organizations (Topical Call #2)
We held the second of three Family Involvement Community of Practice topical calls. The call focused on Sustaining Family Organizations. Bruce Strahl presented an overview of ideas and a facilitated discussion followed.

Questions included:

  1. Where do your state or local family organizations get their income?
  2. Who do you partner with?
  3. What does your family organization provide that would make partners want to work with you?
  4. In developing your strategic plan – what steps did you find were important?
  5. What lessons learned can you share about sustaining a family organization?

 

Family Involvement Community of Practice Topical Call (#3)
The Family Involvement CoP featured Carol Tiernan, Executive Director of the G.E.A.R. Parent Network in Maine. Carol shared some experiences of sustaining the work of their family organization after system of care funding ended. Carol also facilitated an interactive discussion, hosted and facilitated by the TA Partnership’s Family Involvement Community of Practice Team. Access the presentation slides here.

 

Taking Family Driven to Scale: Nuts and Bolts of FD Practice
Sandra Spencer, Executive Director, and Marie Niarhos, Family Involvement Content Specialist, of the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health held a webinar on the fundamentals of family-driven practices and how to develop them to the fullest extent sot hat you can take family-driven care to scale in your community.

 

An Overview of Three Models of Family Peer Support
The world of family peer support is continuing to expand and the models for providing this support continue to emerge. As our knowledge of family peer support continues to grow, a variety of programs, offering unique modalities and characteristics, have been developed, researched, and found to be effective. This webinar will explore three nationally known programs and will delve into the nuances of each.