The National Family Support Technical Assistance Center (NFSTAC) is committed to providing training and technical assistance using a lifespan approach that focuses on serious emotional disturbances, serious mental illness and substance use disorders. This approach is anchored by the underlying principles that families play a vital role in supporting their loved

ones and are the experts regarding their family support needs.

Our Goals

  • Promote education for clinicians, providers, and others regarding the importance of including family support

  • Increase access to comprehensive, multi-modal resources for family members and the general public to increase knowledge of Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED)/Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

  • Provide multi-modal training for healthcare professionals, educators, and other providers regarding family support/engagement strategies

  • Increase family member and provider understanding of HIPAA and 42CFR regulations pertaining to crisis situations

  • Create lifespan resources for families to facilitate access to support and treatment options for their loved ones

  • Increase policymaker knowledge of evidence-based and promising practices such as family peer support

Grant#: 1H79FG000160

SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance misuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

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