Vaya Health’s family partners help other families develop a strong voice and speak up for their own needs.
Family partners are parents or caregivers of children who have received care for mental health, substance use or an intellectual/developmental disability. They share their personal experiences with other parents and caregivers and offer understanding, encouragement and support.
Family partners also connect families to community resources and help them build on their strengths. This includes building skills to help families advocate for themselves, find nearby resources and build community relationships.
Our family partners also help families prepare for Child and Family Team meetings and connect them with appropriate services. At Child and Family Team meetings, family members come together with community members. They create a plan that works for the child and family and builds on their strengths, needs and desires.
Family partners provide education and coaching to promote System of Care values to community members and professionals. They also offer education classes that promote individual and family strengths (such as System of Care, which teaches families how to advocate for their child). They also promote person-centered thinking and programs that support family voice.