Resources to assist professionals who are providing mental services to families or helping families access these services.
Building Partnerships with Families
Nikkel & Peggy (2007)
In Social and Emotional Health in Early Childhood: Building Bridges Between Services and Systems
Shares the personal story of one family to illustrate the realities faced by families with serious emotional and behavioral challenges.
Closing the Quality Chasm in Child Abuse Treatment, Volume II: Partnering with Youth and Families in Mental Health Treatment for Child Abuse (PDF - 1555 KB)
Chadwick Center for Children and Families, Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center (2009)
Examines best practice guidelines for partnering with youth and families in mental health treatment for child abuse, including a section for treatment providers, mental health administrators, and a list of State and national resources on family/youth partnerships.
Risk Management for Professionals Working With Maltreated Children and Adult Survivors
In The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment (2nd ed.)
Looks at types of legal action against mental health professionals working with victims of abuse, including civil suits alleging malpractice or negligence, administrative law proceedings regarding agency policies and licensing issues, and criminal prosecutions for failing to comply with legal requirements.
Self-Assessment Checklist for Personnel Providing Services and Supports to Children with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs and Their Families
Perry, Kaufmann, & Knitzer (2007)
In Appendix B of Social and Emotional Health in Early Childhood: Building Bridges Between Services and Systems
Intended to heighten the awareness and sensitivity of personnel to the importance of cultural diversity and cultural competence in human service environments. Provides concrete examples of the kinds of practices and strategies that foster such an environment.
The Starting Early Starting Smart Family Strengths Institute: A Journal of the Convening (PDF - 538 KB)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2001)
Provides a record of a 3-day meeting of SESS family members and site staff in the summer of 2000. Includes a synopsis of the sessions, a set of family stories, and a section on the planning process.
A View From the Child Welfare System (PDF - 2000 KB)
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (2003)
Includes promising approaches for behavioral health services geared towards children and adolescents and their families in managed care systems.
Walking With Them: Advocating for Parents with Mental Illnesses in the Child Welfare System
Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, (12), 2003
Evaluates the application of the provisions set out by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and their impact on services provided by child welfare agencies to parents with mental illnesses. Examines the opportunities and the challenges of enforcing the Act.
Wraparound Services: An Effective Intervention for Families Impacted by Severe Mental Illness
Kessler & Ackerson
Journal of Family Social Work, (8), 2004
Provides an overview of effective wraparound services and their success in dealing with families impacted by severe mental illness.