NJ Alliance of Family Support Organizations
Over the past nine years, 14 small, non-profit Family Support Organizations (FSO) have been systematically created to provide support, education and advocacy to families who have children with mental health challenges in across New Jersey. FSOs employ parents/caregivers of children with mental health challenges through a peer support model. The NJ Alliance of Family Support Organizations (the Alliance) was created to provide training, technical assistance and resources to all FSOs and its partners. Despite resource hardships, the Alliance intends to build capacity of the FSOs by providing organizational development assistance for the creation, implementation and sustainability of Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) using the standardized Family Assessment Strengths and Needs (FANS) assessment tool. The assistance provided by the Alliance aligns with the Corporation's priority areas. This project prioritizes healthy futures. According to qualitative and quantitative data, this also significantly impacts education, veterans and economic opportunity per SAMHSA's briefings (2001, 2006). The Alliance seeks to build the capacity of each FSO by implementing a state-wide Continuous Quality Improvement process inclusive of: fully implementing ETO based on the FANS assessment tool, building capacity at each FSO for a local Continuous Quality Improvement plan/process in addition to providing training and technical assistance to each FSO regarding performance management in order to monitor and improve outcomes for children, youth and families in the state of NJ. The Alliance requests $200,000 from the Corporation in order to accomplish these objectives. The goal of this capacity building program is to improve outcomes for children, youth and families by ensuring families gain the necessary skill, experience, information and know-how to effectively parent a child with mental/behavioral/emotional challenges by providing peers support and emphasizing performance management.