Family Navigator Model: A Practice Guide For Schools
Source: Pacific Southwest Mental Health Tech. Transfer Network (MHTTC) (SAMHSA)
Resource Type: Document or Publication
Transformation Team Subjects: Community Wellness & Peer Supports, School-based Services
Key Topics: Culturally Responsive Practices, Family, Peer Support, Program Development, Schools, System of Care
The family navigator model is a peer-based, flexible approach to supporting families in which a child has a health or developmental challenge or disability. This guide is designed to support education agencies and school leaders interested in building or enhancing a family navigator program. Family-driven, youth-guided, culturally responsive support is a guiding principle of this document. It includes: an overview of the model; special considerations for schools; guiding principles and best practices; practical tools for developing a program; and links to more than 30 national and Pacific Southwest-specific resources. This guide was developed by the Pacific Southwest MHTTC in partnership with Millie Sweeney, MS, from the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA).