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Parents and Families

Access resources for families and family-run organizations supporting behavioral health recovery and resilience for children, youth, and adults.

Families affect and are influenced by the recovery experiences of children, youth, and adults with mental or substance use disorders. As caregivers, navigators, and allies, family members play diverse roles and may require a variety of supports.

Families and family-run organizations are vital components of recovery-oriented service systems. Family members train and support other families—sharing lived experiences and insights that instill hope, increase understanding, and contribute to systems transformation.

Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) partners with the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH), the National Family Dialogue on Substance Use Disorders, and others to support families of children, youth, and adults with behavioral health needs.

Help for Family-Run Organizations

BRSS TACS offers intensive, individualized technical assistance to help achieve goals and maximize impact. Subject matter experts can assist family-run organizations with developing:

  • Organizational infrastructure
  • Sustainability planning
  • Leadership and succession planning
  • Family peer support programs

Examples of technical assistance include:

  • Coaching, training, and intensive consultation
  • Peer-to-peer connections
  • Resource dissemination

Learn more about BRSS TACS training and technical assistance.

Increasing Family Engagement and Voice

BRSS TACS helps programs, organizations, and systems strengthen family engagement and voice. Our team includes family leaders with expertise in implementing models in a range of settings and can deliver consultation, resources, training, and facilitation.

Parents and Families Resources

The following resources can further assist families and parent-run organizations. Please read the SAMHSA.gov Exit Disclaimer for more information on resources from non-federal websites.

Access video trainings on parents and families, youth and young adults, and other topics.

Last Updated: 11/02/2017