Family Support Services
Family Support Services
A certified trained professional with similar life experiences will guide families through its unique challenges parenting children with a behavioral health diagnosis.
- Understanding mental/behavioral health disorders, their unique challenges, the causes, how to manage and overcome them.
- Behavior management skills
- Problem solving – Create family goals and a plan to reach them.
- Identifying the problem
- Creating positive family goals
- Designing a plan to meet those goals
- Advocating and empowerment
- Teaching families how to effectively communicate their needs
- Understanding your rights as a family within your children’s life
- Making educated decisions about needs, rights.
- Life skill building – Life skills for both the family and the child can include but are not limited to:
- Time management
- Work and study skills
- Social development
- Finding community resources
- Transitioning into adulthood and
- Preparing for college
- Developing a support system
- Strengthening personal relationships with family and friends
- Researching and connecting to community services.
- Creating new networks of stability and support that can include
- Individual/family counseling
- Medical care
- Developmental disability services
- Community centers
- Resiliency – Developing the ability to manage life’s challenges through skill and strength building such as:
- Stress management
- Work/life balance
- Healthy coping skills
- Conflict resolution
- Communication skills
- Parenting skills
- Role-model collaborative relationship behaviors and skills
- Understanding and managing difficult behaviors
- Strength Building – Identify and increase individual and family strengths, abilities and confidence to support the child.
- Preparation for event such as
- IEP, 504 or other school related meetings
- Doctor visits and
- Finding new services
- Understanding the process and
- Advocating for your child
- Connect to resources and services
- Research, understand and locate beneficial services for the family and the child.
- Health and wellness activities – Child and family centered activities with focus areas such as:
- Outdoor activities
- Arts and crafts
- Connecting to hobbies and
- Exploring interests
Who qualifies for these services?
Families with children up to 18 years of age and their parents/caregivers who live with a child who has a behavioral health diagnosis. Families must have medicaid.
- Private Pay
More about Family Support Services
A Certified Family Support Partner, (CFSP) is a trained professional that has personal experience raising a child with a mental health concern. They also have training and experience with mental health concerns and substance use disorders co-occurring together. The CFSP collaborates with other agencies and entities that serve the child and his/her family to improve the quality of life and opportunities of recovery for the child in the home, school and community. A CFSP supports the child and family in developing and succeeding in their own recovery plan. A CFSP supports the family in their health and wellness by role-modeling healthy behaviors and skills, maximizing strengths and support systems, developing empowering advocacy skills, understanding mental illnesses, understanding rights and resources and how to access them, and developing resiliency.