Resources for: Family/Youth Support and Peer Advocacy
Family/Youth Support and Peer Advocacy helps young persons, parents and family members with behavioral, emotional, physical and/or mental health challenges by providing information and support and often are a critical enhancement to formal services.
Parent to Parent Regional Offices are staffed by people who have walked the walk and are available to help other families:
Support – We offer parents/caregivers the opportunity to connect one-to-one with a parent/caregiver of an individual with the same or similar disability or special health care need – someone who has “been there.”
Information & Referral – We help families locate the information and services they need
Trainings – Workshop are available on Understanding Medicaid Service Coordination, Record Keeping and Using a Health Care Notebook, and various other topics.
The organization’s parent-matching program is based on a model program used across the country. We assist a parent, who has a child with a developmental disability and/or special health care needs, by locating a volunteer support parent who has a similar experience. When a family initially receives a diagnosis, the emotional response can be overwhelming. Talking with another parent is an excellent resource with helping come to terms with emotional acceptance. You are not alone.
New York State is large, both in size and population. YOUTH POWER! wants to make sure that youth from all over the state have the same access to opportunities to get involved! That’s why they have five Regional Teams scattered throughout the state, one in each of the five regions: Long Island, NYC, Hudson River, Central, and Western!
Families Together in New York State (FTNYS) Regional Parent Advisors
The primary role of each Regional Parent Advisor is to build a relationship with all of the family support services within their region. Parent Advisors provide a forum for local family support services to network with one another. They serve as liaisons, facilitating communication between the New York State Office of Mental Health and the families in the community.