Referrals

Referring to Family Peer Support Services in Nebraska

 

What is Eligibility Criteria for Family Peer Support?

Family Peer Support services are provided under contract with both the Division of Behavioral Health as well as with the Division of Children and Family Services, which provides specialty areas for the program under each category, as described below:

 

ü  Family Peer Support for families involved in the Behavioral Health system: 

Eligibility requirements for this voluntary program include parents of a child:  that are experiencing a behavioral health challenge (either an official diagnosis or specific behaviors that are not age appropriate), are living in the parent/caregiver’s home, are 18 years old or younger, are a US Citizen, and do not have any other siblings in the family that are State Wards. All referrals must be sent to [email protected] in for eligibility determination and assignment to an Advocate at a local Family Organization.

Who can make a referral to this program?

Parents, Caregivers, Corrections/Probation personnel, Court representatives, School personnel, Behavioral Health agency/Clinic/Provider, Physical health care agency/Clinic/Provider, Child Welfare/Child Protective Services (not eligible if family actively working with CFS outside IA), Substance abuse clinic, or other entities that work with families.

FPS Referral Form

 

ü  Family Peer Support for families involved with Children and Family Services (CFS):  Eligibility requirements for this voluntary program include parents that are actively working with CFS either through a court or non-court case, have at least one child in the family unit that is 8 years or younger that is either living in the family home or, if placed outside the home, has a permanency plan of reunification, and scored high or very high on the SDM (CFS assessment tool).  All referrals must be sent to [email protected] in for eligibility determination and assignment to an Advocate at a local Family Organization.

Who can make a referral to this program?

Children and Family Services staff are the only entities that are able to refer for this program.

CFS Referral Form

 

ü  Family Navigation: This service has many similarities to Family Peer Support, but  is intended to provide short term system navigation assistance to families and their child with behavioral health challenges.  The Helpline can be contacted by families 24/7 in order to speak to a trained counselor.

Who can make a referral to this program?

The Nebraska Family Helpline is the only entity that can refer to this program.

Nebraska Family Helpline:  888-866-8660.

 

What is Family Peer Support?

Family Peer Support is a service which provides parents and caregivers opportunities for support, guidance, collaborative advocacy mentoring, linkage to community resources, skill building, and an option to connect with another parent (Family Advocate) to develop a Family Plan with individualized goals related to their family/youth’s recovery, safety and well-being. The program utilizes a Protective Factors framework to encourage growth in the areas of Resilience, Social Connections, Concrete Supports, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development and Nurturing/Attachment, as well as helping parents support their children/youth to cultivate their Developmental Assets.

 

Why Family Advocates?

Family Advocates are “family members” that mentor and coach families experiencing some of the same struggles they themselves have faced, recognizing youth, parents and caregivers are the experts when it comes to their family’s needs.  Research demonstrates the benefit of peer services in many domains- please let us know if you are interested in more information!

 

Where are these services available?

Family Peer Support services are managed by The Family Run Organizations of Nebraska for Children’s Mental Health through local sub-contracts with seven (7) Family-Run Organizations across the state of Nebraska, which cover every county.

Eastern NE:  Nebraska Family Support Network

South Eastern NE:  Families Inspiring Families and Healthy Families Project

Northern NE:  Parent to Parent Network

Central NE:  Families CARE

Western NE:  SPEAK Out North Platte and Scottsbluff