Mentors monitor client/family progress and communicate observed strengths and barriers to the therapist weekly. Mentors are the therapists' "eyes and ears in the field," and the client/family "coach and cheerleader."
Mentors are not substitute parents or friends, but are part of the therapeutic team to support lasting positive change. They assist the child/adolescent and family in developing the natural family and/or community supports that will help to maintain the therapeutic changes after the mentor is gone.
For more information contact Scott Britton, Mental Health Care Coordinator, at 804-758-4035.
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Strategic Family Mentoring (SFM) works in conjunction with other Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board (MPNNCSB) services, such as outpatient, intensive outpatient, and intensive in-home therapy, to promote the achievement of treatment goals. For example, mentors can be extremely effective as positive role models to help the single parent family.
Mentors are individuals who are selected and hired by the MPNNCSB as part-time employees who collaborate with the therapist to assist and support the family as they work on achieving their goals.
Children/adolescents between 5 and 17 years old with a parents/guardians willing to participate in SFM service. The family must reside within one of the ten counties served by the Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services Board (MPNNCSB). Child/adolescent must be receiving outpatient, intensive outpatient, or intensive in-home therapy from a MPNNCSB therapist.
Mentors work with the family and therapist to:
Comprehensive Services Act (CSA) funds approved by the county Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) and the Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT) pay for SFM services. For more information contact Scott Britton, Mental Health Care Coordinator, at 804-758-4035.
Discuss the need for a Mentor with your therapist. They will submit the referral and pursue funding through Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT). Agencies who are referring for the service should contact Rachel Teagle, Youth Family Services (YFS)/Intensive In-home Coordinator 804-776-7501 ext. 104), to obtain the referral form and schedule the SFM request for funding through FAPT.