While treatment providers and mental health agencies often realize the need to partner with youth and families when providing treatment, there exists a large gap on how and why to partner with youth and families in this way. Particularly in the field of treatment for victims of child abuse, there are multiple challenges and barriers that emerge when attempting to partner with youth and families when providing treatment.
This document is the second volume of the “Best Practices” series. The first volume, also known as the Kauffman Report, focused on identifying best treatments for child abuse victims. This volume of Closing the Quality Chasm in Child Abuse Treatment has sought to create “best practices guidelines” for partnering with youth and families in mental health treatment for child abuse.
This document has been designed as a resource for individual treatment providers and agency administrators who are striving to improve their service delivery system through partnership with families and youth. The present document highlights the following:
Overall recommendations for the best practices involving and partnering with youth and families in mental health services for child abuse.
A section for Treatment Providers that highlights individual barriers and strategies for involving and partnering with youth and families.
A section for Mental Health Administrators that highlights organizational barriers and strategies for involving and partnering with youth and families.
An extensive list of state and national resources on family/youth partnership in the fields of mental health, child welfare, and health care.
This document is supported with funding from grant award No. 5-U79-SM054289-05 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This document reflects the thinking of many individuals and organizations, as well as information from valuable resource documents and documents describing federal laws and policies. It does not necessarily represent official policy or positions of the funding source.