Often it helps to have another parent to talk to and share their experiences along the way.
A Family Support Provider (FSP) is a parent or family member of a child or youth with behavioral and/or mental health concerns that has leadership and partnership skills that can be helpful to other families and the system that serves them.
A Champion’s for Children’s Mental Health FSP will:
Help families better understand the system of care for children and youth with special needs
Serve as an advocate for families
Help families develop skills so they can advocate for themselves
Attend healthcare, school, and court meeting with families
Serve as an emotional support and a positive role model to parents and caregivers
Assist the system in providing services that are family driven and responsive to the needs of those it serves
Work with families in solving problems related to the care of their child or youth
Assist in identifying and training new leaders in the arena of family involvement
Build community awareness about Champions for Children’s Mental Health and our services
Sometimes you just need to talk to someone who understands first-hand what you’re going through!
Trained Family Support Providers understand from their own experience the challenges and triumphs, joys and heartbreaks, that come with raising a child with a behavioral health diagnosis. They can help your family navigate the mental health system and help you learn how to be a positive advocate for your child. They can even advocate with you at IEP meetings, therapy appointments and psychiatrist visits.
This service provides personal peer-to-peer support and resources to a family for one to two hours per week.
How to Get This Service:
If you have a child or youth who is receiving Medicaid or mental health services, contact Champions for Children’s Mental Health and ask them to work with you to connect you with a Family Support Provider.