Family Support Services and the Role of Family Peer Advocates
Who are family peer advocates (FPAs)? FPA's are parents of children with mental health needs who help other parents of children with behavioral, emotional, or mental health challenges. They provide information, support, and assist other parents in navigating the mental health care and related service systems. This model of peer support - in this case, parents helping parents - has been successfully used in healthcare for many years. Researchers at the IDEAS Center are developing tools and techniques to more effectively utilize this model in the children's mental health service delivery system. Click here to view all of our research publications related to improving the family support services delivery model in organizations nationwide.
Click below to learn about the history of family support services, who family peer advocates are, and what they do. IDEAS Center researchers are partnering with parent advocates, policymaker and colleagues to both increase the knowledge base about FPA-provided services, and to develop innovative interventions to better integrate FPAs into service systems.
NEW RESOURCES Available on Family and Youth Peer Support
- Family and Youth Peer Support Literature Review
- Scan of State Programs using Medicaid to fund Family and Youth Peer Support