What Family Support Specialists Do: Examining Service Delivery

Wisdom, Jennifer; Lewandowski, R.; Pollock, Michele; Acri, Mary; Shorter, Priscilla; Olin, S.; Armusewicz, Kelsey; Horwitz, Sarah; Hoagwood, Kimberly
January 2014
Administration & Policy in Mental Health & Mental Health Service;Jan2014, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p21
Academic Journal
This study describes services provided by family support specialists (FSS), peer advocates in programs for children with serious psychiatric conditions, to delineate differences between recommended components of FSS services and services actually provided. An analysis of qualitative interview and observational data and quantitative survey data from 63 staff at 21 mental health programs in New York identified that FSS and other staff have generally similar ideas about FSS services, and that these perceptions of activities are generally congruent with what FSS actually did. Implications of findings are discussed in the context of developing competencies and quality indicators for FSS.


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