For Youth and Families

Youth and families are at the core of SOC. As families identify their strengths, needs, and goals, they work in partnership with child and family-serving agencies, as well as their own support systems, health care providers, and other community organizations. This collaborative approach promotes shared responsibility and success. Whether it’s participating on an individual youth or family’s team, or a state-level policy-making committee, the youth and family voice plays a central role in SOC, and cooperation between all parties is critical.

What Are Child and Family Team (CFT) Meetings?

At Child and Family Team (CFT) meetings, family members connect with others to create a plan that works for the child and family’s strengths, needs, and desires.

  • CFT meetings are held monthly, or more frequently as needed.
  • CFT meetings are led by a facilitator and include the youth, parents or caregivers, extended family members, and the family’s health care providers. Meetings can include people who support the family without receiving payment, such as friends, neighbors, coaches, mentors, pastors, coworkers, and teachers. These people are called natural supports.
  • Meeting agendas and minutes help participants keep track of goals, needs, and action steps.

Where can I find more information on common terms and acronyms?

Navigating mental health systems can be challenging, especially with the abbreviations and acronyms that are often used. Always feel comfortable asking your team to explain any unfamiliar acronym or abbreviation. Here is a link to some common terms. Terms and acronyms are also explained at the end of the Vaya Health Member and Caregiver Handbook.

What are other ways to make my family’s voice heard?

Family and youth voices are at the center of System of Care, both on a personal and community level. There are several ways to have your voice heard and your concerns represented. These include: