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Supporting parents with mental health needs in systems of care

Friesen, B., Katz-Leavy, J., and Nicholson, J. – 2011

This issue brief discusses the importance of addressing the needs of child welfare-involved families living with parental mental illness. Notes barriers associated with connecting with these parents and providing them with services. Describes guiding frameworks for practice for systems of care professionals. These include interdisciplinary “wraparound” services, trauma-informed practice, and motivational interviewing. Also describes the family partners approach, which engages and supports families living with parental mental illness. Discusses the importance of creating collaborative partnerships across service systems, particularly mental health, substance abuse, and child welfare.