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Family Partnership

  • Overview

    A vital support system for families struggling with mental illness

    The Family Partnership program engages families who have struggled with mental illness to support other family members in many ways including: parent coaching, parenting classes, system navigation, resource finding, emotional support and child mentoring.  Peer support is especially effective in breaking through isolation and shame that comes from social stigma.

    Our guiding principles help to ensure that service plans are strengths-based, culturally sensitive and meet the unique needs of each family in ways that are respectful and family-centered.

    A Family Partner Can Help Families:

    • Listen to concerns and problem solve with family members
    • Assist families in searching and accessing appropriate services
    • Encourage family participation in supporting mentally ill adult, child or family member
    • Supply educational materials
    • Provide information about support groups, workshops and conferences
    • Inform family of their rights and the limits of family involvement
    • Receive complaints and follow up on concerns regarding Marin County Mental Health
    • Liaison between family members and Marin County Mental Health
    • Provide Positive Parenting Classes (in English and Spanish)
    • Provide information and help in accessing resources in the community
    • Provide support during acute crisis

    Families, youth, and healing partnerships.

    33
    Clients receiving youth mentorship services
    73
    Clients receiving family partner services
    44
    Family members served by bilingual Spanish speaking family partners

    “I feel like I have been empowered by the program by not being scared to look at my finances and really getting the help.

    First Last > Spark Point Client

    Success Story

    The Miller Family

    Impacted by the physical disability and mental illness of his mother, 15-year-old Mark became suicidal.  After one hospitalization for attempting to end his life, he was referred to us for both a Youth Mentor and a Family Partner.

    The Youth Mentor began working with Mark in his community and school, teaching him life skills and coping mechanisms to restore his hope for his future.  In the course of their work, the Youth Mentor discovered that Mark was a musical prodigy.  Having never studied music he was able to play music by ear.  We were able to get him a guitar and connect him to other musicians, giving him a much-needed creative outlet and peer group with whom he could relate.

    We also worked with his mother and older sibling to help them coordinate care for Mark so that he didn’t get neglected at home despite the their limitations.

  • Locations

    Contact Information

    Adult Mental Health System
    Linsey Maldonado-Sciutti
    415.473.4382

    Family Partner | Youth and Family Services
    Michelle Kemp
    415.368.5221

    Family Partner | Youth and Family Services–Bilingual Spanish
    Rosa Lopez
    415.240.6920

    Family Partner | Adult Mental Health System–Bilingual Spanish
    Gloria McCallister
    415.473.2261

    Family Partner | Youth and Family Services
    Leticia McCoy
    415.473.3649

    Family Partner | Youth and Family Services-Bilingual Spanish
    Maria Garcia
    415.473.4169

    Youth Mentor | Youth and Family Services
    Larry Jean
    415.450.0105

    Family Partner  | Psychiatric Emergency Services
    Anne Lauver
    415.473.4182

    Mental Health Program

    • Mental Health Programs

    3270 Kerner Boulevard, San Rafael, CA, USA

  • FAQ

    How do you support family members?

    We provide parent coaching, parenting classes, system navigation, resource finding, emotional support and child mentoring.

    Why is what you do effective?

    Families who have a family member struggling with mental illness need support from someone who understands all the challenges this can create. Peer support is especially effective in breaking through the isolation and shame that comes from social stigma.

    Who do you help?

    Family members of clients of Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and children under 18 who are clients of the county.

    If you have any questions that aren’t answered above,
    please contact me so I can help you out.

    Mental Health Program

    Family Partners Program Director

    Dawn Hensley
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