ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Family Peer Support Services Program supports families whose children have special emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs by using a strengths based, individualized care approach.
Family Peer Advocates
Family Peer Advocates are parents of children with special needs who work with the family to identify strengths, concerns, and barriers. The relationship between the family and the Family Peer Advocate is dynamic, with a sense of trust and connection knowing that each has experienced similar emotional circumstances. Together, they bridge the gap between providers and the family; access services based on the child’s needs; and work with schools to foster the child’s academic and social success.
Wraparound Meetings are arranged for family members, service providers, and other supports to “wrap” services around the family. The strengths, needs, and concerns of the family are identified and an action plan is developed to increase the family’s ability to achieve the goals they have set.
Education is provided to allow families the opportunity to learn about their child’s diagnosis and to access the community resources that are available to them. In addition, support groups are offered monthly as a way to share information and support other parents who are experiencing similar challenges.
“My Family Advocate believed in me. She helped me understand my son’s mental health diagnosis and the wraparounds help everyone come together with a plan on what was best for my son and my family based on our strengths and our families goals. I always felt like part of the team.” – Mary
MHAST is now offering support groups for parents and caregivers who are raising youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health concerns. Meetings are held monthly at our office at 47 Broad Avenue, Binghamton, NY. It is an opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers that share many of the same challenges you might be experiencing. Call (607) 771-8888 for more information.
CORE PRINCIPLES & VALUES
Family Peer Advocates use the following principles and values in serving families: