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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), in partnership with the Association for Children’s Mental Health (ACMH) have developed a curriculum, informed by family members and professionals, for training parents to become Parent Support Partners.
The Parent Support Partner service, provided by another parent with first-hand experience navigating the public child serving agencies and raising a child with mental health challenges, will focus on increasing confidence and competence in parenting skills, increasing the parent’s knowledge to better navigate systems and partner with service providers, and empower the parent to develop sustainable, natural support networks after formal service delivery has ended.The Parent Support Partner service is an EPSDT State Plan service identified to address specific goal areas within the Person Centered/Family Centered Plan for parents of children with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD).
In order to attend the training a parent must be employed by their local public community mental health provider or family organization providing Parent Support Partner services. To learn more about the process to bring the parent support partner service to your community or more about the parent support partner service click here.