For Youth and Families

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.

How do I request a youth or family support partner?

If you think your family would benefit from working with a youth or family support partner, let us know by contacting:

Kelly Wolf, SOC Project Director, Vaya Health

Phone: 828-225-2785, ext. 4750

Email: kelly.wolf@vayahealth.com

How can I get information on becoming a youth or family support partner?

If you have personal experience navigating the mental health system as a youth, or as a caregiver for a youth who received or is receiving child mental health services, and you are interested in becoming a youth or family support partner, visit the Youth Villages Career Center.

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

Family and youth voice 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: