Network faithful are encouraged to download the just-released issue-brief Family Involvement in Child-Serving Systems and the Need for Cross-Systems Collaboration. The issue-brief is co-authored by Shannon CrossBear and Sharon LeGore, leaders of the National Family Dialogue for Youth With Substance Use Disorders and fierce advocates for ensuring that family voice is front and center in the national conversation about adolescent substance abuse.
Read the description of the issue-brief below and get involved! If you are interested in learning more about the National Family Dialogue you can join their Facebook group. Just ask to be added as a friend and join in the conversations. Post updates about the work you are doing and share resources with other NFD members.
Family Involvement in Child-Serving Systems and the Need for Cross-Systems Collaboration - excerpt from the Introduction
- In March 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released an issue brief, Family Involvement in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment. Written by family members and professionals, the brief focused on parent-professional partnerships in the adolescent substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery system. Specifically, it looked at family involvement1 within practice, program, and policy domains. Among the conclusions articulated in that brief was that “the family voice in adolescent substance abuse is becoming stronger.”
Prior to the release of this first issue brief, there was no national family voice within the adolescent substance abuse system. Since then, a number of important events have occurred. In 2009 SAMHSA convened a meeting entitled Families of Youth With Substance Use Disorders: A National Dialogue. As a result of that meeting and the recommendations in a 2010 report, a group of family members created a national networking coalition that became known as the National Family Dialogue for Youth With Substance Use Disorders (NFD).
NFD began to address the needs articulated in the report, which included outreach to families across the nation who were experiencing or had experienced adolescent substance abuse. In the process of conducting this outreach, NFD identified an emerging theme: many families involved in the adolescent substance abuse system are also involved in other child-serving systems.
This second issue brief, written by two family members who serve as codirectors of NFD, reviews what has been accomplished to date in the development of the family voice in all the child-serving systems—not just the substance abuse system but also the systems of mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, trauma support, education, and primary care. In this review, we indicate what needs to occur to create true cross-systems collaboration supporting family involvement, so that youth and their families can fully access the service and supports they need to obtain and maintain optimum health.
- Download the issue-brief here.