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The Benefits of Family Driven Care

mother and two children sitting on wooden bench in natureFamily driven care can make a huge difference in your child’s life, as well as your family’s. That does not mean you have to work through mental health challenges alone, but rather alongside the resources and practitioners that are available to you. Programs such as Connected Families NH (CFNH) are family focused and outcome driven.  

What is Family Focused? 

Family focused means your family’s needs, goals, strengths, and weaknesses are taken into consideration and prioritized when it comes to supporting you and your child through mental health challenges. Connected Families focuses on including your family at every step of the way through the Wraparound method – putting your family and your child at the center.  

Mental health is a vital aspect of a child’s overall well-being. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of family involvement in providing care for children’s mental health. Family-driven care shifts the focus from solely professional interventions to collaborative efforts that engage and empower families. There are many benefits to family driven care, from strengthening bonds to promoting long-term outcomes. 

Strengthening Bonds and Support Systems 

Family driven care places the family at the center of your youth’s mental health journey. By involving parents, siblings, and other close relatives, this approach strengthens the family’s support system. When your child feels supported and loved by their family, it creates a secure foundation for them to navigate and overcome mental health challenges. Additionally, family involvement helps build stronger bonds between family members, fostering open communication, trust, and understanding. 

Understanding Your Child Better 

No one knows your child better than you and your family. In a family driven care model, your family becomes active participants in the treatment process. You should provide valuable insights into your child’s unique strengths, preferences, and challenges. This comprehensive understanding allows mental health professionals to tailor interventions specifically to your child’s needs, ensuring a more effective and personalized approach to care. 

Empowering Families as Advocates 

Family driven care empowers your family to become advocates for your child’s mental health. By actively involving parents and caregivers in decision-making processes, your family can gain a sense of ownership and control over your child’s treatment plan. This involvement fosters a partnership between your family and healthcare providers, leading to shared decision-making, mutual respect, and improved treatment outcomes. Empowered families can effectively advocate for their child’s needs, access appropriate resources, and help break down the stigma associated with mental health. 

Promoting Resilience and Coping Skills 

Children thrive when they have a solid support network. Family driven care strengthens your child’s resilience by actively involving your family in developing coping strategies. Your family can play a pivotal role in teaching your child valuable life skills, such as problem-solving, emotional regulation, and self-care techniques. Through your involvement, your family becomes instrumental in providing ongoing support even beyond formal therapy sessions and treatments, fostering a nurturing environment for your child’s mental well-being. 

Enhancing Treatment Longevity  

One significant benefit of family driven care is its potential to improve treatment long-term success. When you are actively engaged in your child’s mental health care, you can ensure consistent follow-up with treatment plans, medication management, and therapy sessions. This involvement reduces the risk of treatment gaps or disruptions and contributes to more positive and sustainable outcomes for your child. 

Creating a Supportive Environment 

Family driven care extends beyond the therapy room or hospital. It emphasizes the creation of a supportive environment within the family unit and the wider community. Your family can implement strategies to promote mental wellness at home, such as fostering healthy communication, establishing routines, and engaging in activities that promote emotional well-being. This holistic approach supports your child’s overall mental health, creating a nurturing and stable environment for their growth and development. 

Accessing Available Resources

Family driven care boosts the approach to children’s mental health, recognizing the importance of families as active partners in care. By identifying and utilizing your family’s strengths and goals, family driven care models foster resilience, empower families as advocates, and enhance treatment outcomes. It nurtures a supportive environment that promotes the holistic well-being of the child. Family driven care can boost the long-term outcomes and success for both your child and your family. Connected Families NH uses a family driven care process to help support and guide you through mental health challenges with your child.

About Connected Families NH

Funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and contracted by the Bureau for Children’s Behavioral Health within New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services, Connected Families NH is a collaborative family-led program designed to improve the emotional health of children and young adults. We recognize the importance of emotional health and provide free, flexible services and support through our statewide and regional programs. Reach out or submit a referral to learn more about how Connected Families NH can help you. Connected Families NH is under the governance of Cheshire County. Connected Families NH is not an emergency service. If you or someone you care about is having a mental health or substance use crisis, you can call and speak to trained care staff at the NH Rapid Response Access Point at 833-710-6477 or 988 or


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