This resource was prepared with partial support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under contract number HHSS280201500007C with SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Creation of this publication was supported the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services (NIDILRR grant 90RT5030).
Psychiatric social work, Social work with children with mental disabilities, Social work with youth, Youth -- Mental health services
Youth partners and family partners each have key roles on Wraparound teams, and they work with each other as well as with care coordinators, other team members, and, of course, family members and young people. Their roles are similar in function but separate in practice, as the family partner is a designated peer support specialist for the family member and the youth partner is a designated peer support specialist for the youth participating in the Wraparound process. It is crucial that these supports work with each other — as well as with the other members of the team, the youth, and the family — to achieve successful outcomes. In this Peer Practice Brief, we will describe how family partners and youth partners can collaborate in a synergistic way, some common challenges they might face, and how these challenges can be addressed. We also will provide scenarios along with discussion questions to help you consider how these collaborations and challenges might play out with real youth and family, and their unique strengths and needs. The accompanying Study Guide provides answers to these questions that you can use to guide individual or group supervision, coaching, or training.
Regional Research Institute, Portland State University. (2020) Peer Practice Brief: How Youth Partners Can Collaborate with Family Partners in Wraparound