System of Care (FCSS)
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County Family and Children First Councils are required to have at least three family representatives who are not employed by an agency represented on council and whose children are or have received services from an agency represented on the council. Where possible, the number of family representatives should equal 20% of the council's membership.
Families should be seen as equal partners and be considered a critical part of the FCFC. Families should be properly oriented to FCFC and be provided with a clear role for serving as a mandated member. When seeking input on key decisions, a broad representation of families should be sought out and encouraged to provide feedback.
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What is the Parent Advocacy Connection (PAC)?
The mission of the PAC Program is to empower, educate, encourage, and equip families to partner with professionals in promoting access to services that are family-centered, community-based, comprehensive, and culturally competent.
PAC is a NAMI Ohio grassroots program that offers trained Parent Advocates with lived experience who reflect the cultural and ethnic make-up of the families they serve. When children require services from multiple sources (i.e., mental health, schools, juvenile courts, developmental disabilities, and alcohol/drug addiction services agencies), it can be difficult for parents to navigate their way through these various service systems. Families may become overwhelmed and have difficulty expressing their concerns and the needs of their child(ren). The Ohio’s Service Coordination process recognizes this challenge and has made support for families available through the Parent Advocacy Connection (PAC).
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