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The National Directory of
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SWAT (Spreading Wellness Around Town) / PEACE (Peers Encouraging A Caring Environment)

Mailing Address:
1099 Jay Street, Building J, Suite 201
Rochester, NY 14611

Phone: (585) 753-2695/ (585) 753-2638

Contact Person: Chuck Allen / Bianca Logan

Web Site: http://http://www.monroecountysystemofcare.org/families/support

Population Served:
Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances,Mental Illness/Mental Health

Mission:
Better Days Ahead (BDA) is a service of the Mental Health Association, and is the primary family support provider for System of Care in Monroe County. BDA believes family support is unique because it connects family members and caregivers, who have experienced the system, with parents and family members who are currently receiving services in System of Care.

Description:
BDA provides two groups for youth in the Monroe County area. P.E.A.C.E. (Peers Encouraging a Caring Environment) group for youth, which is for youth 13-18 years of age seeking peer support. This is a skill building group where youth with mental health challenges can share in a facilitated discussion with other youth like themselves. The group decides what things they would like to learn and agendas are planned to facilitate that outcome. S.W.A.T. (Spreading Wellness Around Town) Youth Council for the System of Care facilitated by Jerard Johnson, Youth Engagement Director for Better Days Ahead. These are youth who are building leadership skills and are active in sharing their input into the system and identifying what works or does not work for youth. For more information, contact Jerard at JJohnson@mharochester.org

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)
• Participate in child serving system/system of care policy-making and leadership groups

Organization type:
• 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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