TA Coalition Webinar: Using Peers to Support Re-Engaging Families


A SAMHSA sponsored webinar developed under contract by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and presented by the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and Mental Health America, took place Thursday,  August 15, 2019 at 2:00pm Eastern Time called Using Peers to Support Re-Engaging Families. 



Description: When mental health problems increase, people with serious mental illness may lose relationships with family members and friends. Peers act as non-clinical support and navigators who facilitate interactions within family systems or help adults reconnect with their natural supports.  This webinar will explore the use of peers to support family engagement and re-engagement.


Panelists will describe the use of peers to prevent losing family supports and facilitation of family reunification following disconnection. Project Return Peer Support Network will share about programs focused on adults with serious mental illness and within Latino communities. Georgia Parent Support Network will discuss supports for adolescents with serious emotional disturbances. Both programs will address strategies, challenges and lessons learned from their programs about how to facilitate and support continued family engagement and re-engagement.


•Sue L. Smith, Ed.D., CEO, Georgia Parent Support Network 

•Angelica Garcia, Associate Director, Project Return Peer Support Network.


•Lynda Gargan, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

•Theresa Nyugen, LCSW, VP of Policy and Programs, Mental Health America



If you have any questions please contact Kelle Masten via email at kelle.masten@nasmhpd.org or at 703-682-5187.


**We do not offer CEU credits however letters of attendance are offered upon request.  

***Closed-captioning is available for this webinar.