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Providing Support for Families

The purpose of the NFSTAC is to advance positive partnerships between families and providers to promote stronger and more sustainable outcomes for families and their children across the lifespan.

About the National Family Support Technical Assistance Center

The National Family Support Technical Assistance Center (NFSTAC) is the nation’s first Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded Center of Excellence

focused on supporting families and caregivers of children, regardless of their age,

who experience serious mental illness and/or substance use challenges.

The National Family Support Technical Assistance Center Grant #1H79F6000160-Fam-CoE is supported by SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award with 100 percent funded by SAMHSA/HHS.

The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of,

nor an endorsement, by SAMHSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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The NFSTAC is led by the National Federation of Families, a family-run organization, in partnership with subject matter experts that includes families and family leaders and other such partners like: Partnership to End Addiction, C4 Innovations, SAFE Project, and Boston University. The Center’s approach is anchored by the underlying principle that families play a vital role in supporting their children and are the experts regarding their family support needs.

For technical assistance and training needs, please contact us at

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Have you ever wondered about the difference between a Family Peer Specialist and a Peer Recovery Specialist? Watch the video below to learn.

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