Onondaga County System of Care

Family-Driven Care Guiding Principles

Family-Driven Care Guiding Principles

The guiding principles for family-driven care include:

  • Families and youth, providers and administrators embrace the concept of sharing decision-making and responsibility for outcomes.
  • Families and youth are given accurate, understandable and complete information necessary to set goals and to make informed decisions and choices about the right services and supports for individual children and their families.
  • All children, youth and families have a biological, adoptive, foster or surrogate family voice advocating on their behalf and may appoint them as substitute decision-makers at any time.
  • Families and family-run organizations engage in peer support activities to reduce isolation, gather and disseminate accurate information, and strengthen the family voice.
  • Families and family-run organizations provide direction for decisions that impact funding for services, treatments and supports and advocate for families and youth to have choices.
  • Providers take the initiative to change policy and practice from provider-driven to family-driven.
  • Administrators allocate staff, training, support and resources to make family-driven practice work at the point where services and supports are delivered to children, youth and families and where family and youth run organizations are funded and sustained.
  • Community attitude change efforts focus on removing barriers and discrimination created by stigma.
  • Communities and private agencies embrace, value and celebrate the diverse cultures of their children, youth and families and work to eliminate mental health disparities.
  • Everyone who connects with children, youth and families continually advances their own cultural and linguistic responsiveness as the population served changes so that the needs of the diverse populations are appropriately addressed

(National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health) http://ffcmh.org/