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Family Voices Network of Erie County

Mailing Address:
478 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone: 716-858-2697
Fax: 716-858-7924

Contact Person: Marie Sly


Web Site: http://www.familyvoicesnetwork.org

Family Voices Network will provide individualized, integrated, comprehensive, culturally competent and cost-effective community based services that support and promote self-sufficiency of children and families experiencing serious emotional and/or behavioral challenges.

VISION: Erie County will have a family-driven, youth guided; strength based integrated system of care that responds with appropriate coordinated services and effective partnering to support self-sufficiency. Services will be timely, flexible, individualized and reduce the need for out-of-home placement as well as shortening the length of stay when there is the need for placement.

Organization role:
• Provide family to family or youth to youth support on an individual family or youth level (e.g., peer-to-peer, family support partners, parent navigators)
• Sponsor/run support groups for families or youth
• Provide contracted direct services (e.g., respite, care management)
• Provide education to families or youth on issues of interest
• Provide training and mentoring of family members or youth (e.g., to assume leadership roles, act as provider)
• Provide training and presentations to system of care/child serving agencies or community
• Recruit family members or youth for positions within child serving agencies
• Organize conferences
• Participate in child serving system/system of care policy-making and leadership groups
• Participate in child serving system/system of care management meetings
• Provide quality monitoring and evaluation
• Provide advocacy
• Conduct research
• Conduct social marketing

Organization type:
• A local family-run organization without national or statewide affiliation
• A local youth-guided organization without national or statewide affiliation
• A family-run or youth-guided organization with a current or past affiliation with a System of Care Community of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (i.e., CMHS System of Care grant site)

Region(s) served:
• Local

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