What are Family Support Services?
Family Support services provide support to families and caregivers who are caring for youth who have been identified as having a serious emotional disturbance (SED) or co-occurring disorder and assist the entire family in their own recovery. Family Support services are provided by a Certified Family Support Partner (CFSP) who is a parent or adult caregiver, with lived experience, specialized training, and has acquired an understanding of another parent’s situation via the shared emotional and psychological challenges of raising a child with SED. The CFSP establishes a connection and a trust with the member and family not otherwise attainable through other service relationships (e.g. counselor, psychologist, minister) or someone without the shared experience.
The purpose for these services is to help the family feel less isolated, more empowered throughout the recovery process and engaged in the community. Services aim to improve the quality of life and opportunities for recovery in the child’s home, school, and community.