Workshop Sessions II, Session B2: Using Youth and Family Advocates/Partners Effectively with Residential Interventions
Malika Arty, Coordinator of Family Driven Practice, Caring Together (MA)
Sandy Heine, AAS Human Services, Peer Delivered Services Manager, Kairos (OR)
Robert E. Lieberman, MA, LPC, President, Lieberman Group: Former CEO, Kairos (OR)
Raquel Montes, MSW, Clinician/Transition Facilitator, Transitional Youth Services,
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families (CA)
Vicki Murphy, Chief Operating Officer, Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families (CA)
The Building Bridges Initiative recommends that residential programs partner with family/youth support organizations and/or hire multiple family and youth partners (aka advocates, peer mentors, peers) to serve as full partners in all aspects of a residential program. It is critical that all disciples of staff understand not only the important role peer delivered services (a billable service in some states) have in successfully engaging families and youth, but how integrating peer partners into every aspect of a residential program correlates to improving long-term outcomes for youth and families post-residential discharge. Family and youth partners and residential leaders from two residential programs, Kairos (Oregon) and Casa Pacifica (California), will share their journeys to hiring multiple peer partners. Attendees will increase their understanding on successful practices for hiring, supervising and supporting, evaluating and integrating family and youth partners into all aspects of residential programs. The Massachusetts Caring Together Project will feature how contracting with family support organizations allows family partners to work with families pre-, during and post-residential.