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.