What is a Family Advocate?

A Family Advocate can be called by many different titles, including Navigator, Family Associate, Parent Advocate, and Parent Support Partner. According to the Colorado revised statutes (27-69-102) a “Family Advocate” means a parent or primary care giver who:

  1. Has been trained in a system of care approach to assist families in accessing and receiving services and supports;
  2. Has raised or cared for a child or adolescent with a mental health or co-occurring disorder; and
  3. Has worked with multiple agencies and providers, such as mental health, physical health, substance abuse, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities, education, and other state and local service systems.

A “Family Systems Navigator” means an individual who:

  1. Has been trained in a system of care approach to assist families in accessing and receiving services and supports;
  2. Has the skills, experience, and knowledge to work with children and youth with mental health or co-occurring disorders; and
  3. Has worked with multiple agencies and providers, such as mental health, physical health, substance abuse, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities, education, and other state and local service systems.

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