ACMH is thrilled to share that it was recently awarded a Statewide Family Network Grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The purpose of the Statewide Family Network program is to enhance the capacity of statewide mental health focused family organizations to engage with family members/primary caregivers raising children, youth, and young adults with serious emotional disturbance (SED). Providing resources to enhance family peer support, connections, participation, voice, leadership, and empowerment to effect systems change and improve the quality of mental health services and systems in states by strengthening coalitions led by family organizations, and between family members, policy makers, and service providers.
Examples of ACMH goals for this 3-year project include:
- Increasing the number of family leaders throughout Michigan able to successfully advocate for their children’s needs, support one another and use their voice of experience to improve mental health services, supports and policies for all youth and families;
- Expanding access to a continuum of family peer support across Michigan; Strengthening the organizational capacity, leadership and skills of ACMH and partner organizations to enhance statewide infrastructure to better support families of youth with SED and their families and increase access to Family-Driven, Youth-Guided care that meets their needs;
- Increasing family participation, voice and leadership within mental health service, policy and program planning to enhance development of and access to services and supports that meet their unique needs;
- Increasing public awareness about the needs, issues, and challenges of children, youth and young adults with SED and their families and the services, supports and policies that work for them.
ACMH is proud to have served as Michigan’s Statewide Family Network since 1988 and appreciates SAMHSA’s ongoing support of the work that we do and Michigan’s children, youth and families!