Statewide Family Network

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About

The Statewide Family Network will respond to children, youth, and young adults with SED and their families in NE TN Appalachian area. The grant provides funds for a three-year period to develop a model for replication in other rural areas by increasing the capacity to implement, expand, and improve effective family-driven mental health services with respect to their culture, traditions, and beliefs.

Goals

  • Goal 1: Develop a strong network of family and organizational leaders with management capacity that reflects the culture, traditions, and beliefs of NE TN and replicate in other rural areas.
  • Goal 2: Increase family and organization partnerships and collaboration within and across the system with policy makers and service providers that will result in responsive support to the needs of children and youth with SED and ensure their participation and input into state and local mental health services planning and policy development.
  • Goal 3: Reduce stigma, bias, and superstition of mental illness and associated services that interfere with the utilization of networks of services and supports to families and their children.
  • Goal 4: Increase family capacity to access mental health services and utilize supports in their community making informed decisions on behalf of their children and youth within rural areas.

Goals address four areas of need:

Leadership: Address inconsistent and weak leadership across the NE TN and rural TN through a stronger network of family and organizational leaders with management capacity that reflects the culture, traditions, and beliefs of the target population.

 Partnership/collaboration: Align with the need for enhanced opportunities and stronger partnerships and collaboration within and across the system with policy makers and service providers.

 Stigma reduction: Focus on the stigma and superstitions from culture, traditions, and beliefs encountered by rural TN families and their children and will facilitate more inclusive approaches to service delivery and family support.

 Access: Address the need for navigation skills for families to ensure they can access necessary services across the system of care and make informed decisions on behalf of their children and youth through improved access and support.

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Contact

For more information, please contact Conni Wells, Regional Director at cwells@tnvoices.org.