Family support services are community-based resources that help strengthen the family using formal and informal networks.
Family peer support partners
Family Peer Support Partners are paraprofessionals who provide peer support to families of children, youth and young adults with behavioral health issues. Family peer support partners are trained parents of teens or young adults with mental health issues who are experienced in navigating systems to access services. This service is provided by PRS Inc. at no cost to families. Visit PRS' Family Peer Support Partners page for referral forms.
Check out the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's infographic on the value of peer support for parents and other caregivers.
Peer-led support groups for parents and teens
Peer-led groups are often led by a person who has had similar experiences.
"Heads Up" and "Talk It Out" are weekly concurrent groups offered by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board for teens between the ages of 14-17 who are working through emotional, mental health or substance use challenges, and their parents. These groups are currently being offered virtually.
Formed Families Forward has a support group for youth ages 14-22 that meet twice a month with a concurrent group for parents.