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Family support is a core principle of System of Care because when it comes down to it, our youth are part of a family unit, and as family members and caregivers sometimes you need (or want) some assistance.
At other times, you simply need to know there's a place you can call where you can be heard, get advice, or learn about services and programs for you or your child... Better Days Ahead is the System of Care family support resource in our community.
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.
This connection to someone who has been where you are will help you to feel supported with true empathy and in a non-judgemental and compassionate manner. As we say in family support, our goal is to serve families without "shaming and blaming" because no matter what a family's circumstances, we are here to support you in getting the services and supports you need which will lead to positive and successful outcomes for you and your child.
The Mental Health Association’s Better Days Ahead Family Support Network is the family run peer service in Monroe County. Since the Mental Health Association is not a clinical service it is able to provide straightforward information and assistance to families in emotional distress so it’s easier for them to make informed decisions about the services offered in the Rochester region and at the Mental Health Association and to access them more readily.
Better Days Ahead is a chapter of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (www.ffcmh.org) and a member of Families Together in New York State (FTNYS) and the Western New York Coalition for Children’s Mental Health (www.raisingminds.org).
Family Driven and Youth Guided Services are among the core values of systems of care and BDA assists individuals and agencies in understanding and operationalizing these values in the community. For more information on these values please visit the System of Care Values page or contact BDA at 325-3145 ext. 131 .
Yes! Supporting families is a core principle of System of Care and Better Days Ahead (BDA), a service of the Mental Health Association of Rochester, specializes in providing supports for families who have a child(ren) with emotional and behavioral challenges. Learn more.
Meet other family members and caregivers who gather monthly to learn about a variety of topics ranging from child behavior to understanding Medicaid and anything else related to raising a child with mental health challenges and provide input into how to change the system. Learn more.
Children and adolescents with mental health issues need to get help as soon as possible. Here is a short list but click here for a more complete list of signs and symptoms.
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