Who Are We?

OUR STORY IN BRIEF:
In the Fall of 2002, The New York State Office of Mental Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center, in collaboration with theNew York State Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the New York State Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors , partnered to establish the Family Institute for Education, Practice & Research. The Family Institute is located at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The first initiative undertaken by the Family Institute was to teach mental health clinicians to implement Multiple Family Group Psychoeducation (MFGs). Thirty-four licensed mental health agencies participated. The project was successful in that the majority of agencies added this important evidenced-based practice to their service system.

The lessons learned from the first initiative led the Family Institute to embark on a second initiative involving a Spectrum of Family Services, which included the implementation of an evidence-informed and newly developed model called Consumer Centered Family Consultation (CCFC). The CCFC model is a brief, education-based engagement and consultation service that is designed to promote collaboration among adult consumers of mental health services, members of their family or social network, and service providers to support each consumer’s recovery. There were a total of 49 agencies organized into regional Learning Collaboratives that participated in the initiative. Over 600 mental health employees were trained to integrate CCFC into their work with consumers.

At the conclusion of the Spectrum of Family Services Initiative, the Family Institute continues to provide training and consultation in Consumer Centered Family Consultation and other family service offerings to Assertive Community Treatment(ACT) programs in New York State; Office of Mental Health licensed Clinic providers and Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) teams throughout New York State.

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