The Family Advocacy Project is funded by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and ACMH has had the privilege top partner with MDCH on the work of the Family Advocacy Project (FAP) since the early 1990’s.
The overarching goals of the Family Advocacy Project are to increase family and youth support opportunities, leadership development, and community education about children’s mental health.
ACMH’s FAP Current Project Goals include:
- Facilitate family involvement with service providing organizations, collaborative bodies, and system reform activities facilitated through advocacy, education, training and support.
- Build and maintain a statewide support, education and advocacy network for families of children with serious emotional disturbance.
- Increase access to family advocacy, support and parent education to underserved families in target areas of the state.
- Increase and support Family Advocate skills to provide consistent, quality support, involvement, and resources to families in target areas of the state.
- Develop youth leadership across the state and support youth advocacy and involvement through creation of Statewide Youth Advisory Council.
- Community education and collaboration.
FAP Supported activities include: Individual Advocacy, Parent/Family Support, Education & Training, Youth Development, Youth Advisory Activities, Collaboration and Networking with local service providers including CMH, DHHS, schools, courts, and relevant private agencies, Participation on inter-agency collaborative bodies, Systems Advocacy for example serving on state and local boards and committees, Community Education & Awareness and Staff Development.