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Family Partner

Integration

An Alameda County Initiative for an

Integrated Birth to Five System of Care

Learning Objectives

Early Childhood Mental

Health Education

Family Partner

Integration Strategies

• Impact of Family

Partners on Parents of

Young Children

Early Connections

Family-Driven Care

Family members are the authority in making decisions about their children.

Early Connections recognizes that:

Choice: Families have a choice in who they partner with when they either seek services, or are mandated to receive services from mental health providers.

Authority: Partnership exists when there is shared agreement between a provider and family member to work together in the interest of the child and they are equally yoked. Family-driven care means that family members are the ultimate decision makers for their child, even if providers don’t agree with their decisions.

Provider & System Accountability: Providers and staff within child-serving agencies in the system of care honor the spirit of family-driven care, both explicitly and implicitly in their interactions with families at the service, governance and system level.

Prevention & Early Intervention

Mental Health Services Act of California

…“To define serious mental illness among children, adults and seniors as a condition deserving priority attention, including prevention and early intervention services and medical and supportive care.”

Infant Mental Health

The healthy social and emotional development of a child from birth to 3 years

A growing field of research and practice devoted to the:

Promotion of healthy social and emotional development

Prevention of mental health problems

Treatment of the mental health problems of very young children in the context of their families

Early Childhood vs. Children’s

Mental Health

Early Childhood

• Young children

cannot be treated without caregiver’s presence

• Typically treated in the home

Older Children

• Children can be treated without caregiver’s presence

• Typically treated in office or school setting

OH, BABY!

Child Development

Social Emotional Milestones

Smiles at people—2months

Plays with parents—6months

Nervous with strangers—12months

Copies others—2years

Family Partner Roles

Mentor families in need of services

Member of child and family multi-disciplinary team

Bridge cultural gaps

Emotional support

Family Partners = mentorship and support vs. clinical interventions and treatment

Early Childhood Family Partner Work

Family Referral by Clinician

Parent Education on Child Development

Ages & Stages Questionnaire Screening

Parental Supportive Services

Parent /Child Work with other children in the house hold

Challenges

Providers understanding the need for Family

Partners

Defining Family Partners roles in Early Childhood

Medi-Cal billing challenges

Family Partner Billing

Request technical assistance specifically for Early

Childhood Orgs. with Family Partners

Continued defining of Family Partners’ roles

Writing treatment plans to include Family Voice and

Family Partner services

Family Partner Billing

Request technical assistance specifically for

Early Childhood Orgs. with Family Partners

Continued defining of

Family Partners’ roles

Writing treatment plans to include

Family Voice and Family Partner services

Victories

Agency culture shift

Expand Family Partner

Program to older children

Key Considerations

Family Partner billing vs. Clinician billing

Advocacy for Family support services to meet medical necessity

Thank You!

Tanya McCullom: [email protected]

Deb Yates: [email protected]

[email protected]

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