The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) was awarded a 4-year federal SAMHSA System of Care Expansion grant (8/31/20 – 8/30/24). This project titled Centering Children and Families in NYC’s System of Care will:
- Conduct Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR) where youth, families providers and other community stakeholders are engaged to assess their needs amidst the changing service landscape and system reforms, identify gaps and barriers in the System of Care (SOC), and partner on design and implementation of solutions at the borough and citywide levels.
- Expand existing High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) services to youth residing in Queens who have been referred to or recently discharged from a Residential Treatment Facility (RTF).
The Family Lead Coordinator will be based at NYC DOHMH in Long Island City, Queens. The Family Lead Coordinator will work remotely temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic and will return DOHMH offices in accordance with its work from home policies.
Centering Children and Families in NYC’s System of Care will require the hiring of a full time Family Lead Coordinator (FLC) as key personnel per SAMHSA grant requirements, to support all project planning, management, reporting and evaluation. The FLC will be a parent or caregiver of a youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) who has received or is receiving services from the mental health service system. Key job responsibilities are as follows:
The Family Lead Coordinator will (1) advise on all aspects of the project from a family perspective, (2) collaborate with program staff and partners to implement components of the project including HFW and CBPAR, and (3) coordinate and manage key youth and family engagement efforts to support participation in the project CBPAR activities.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Overall Project (SAMHSA grant) implementation
- Advise on all aspects of the grant from a family perspective.
- Collaborate with the Project Director to organize and manage Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings and other project forum/meetings, and support family engagement and participation.
- Serve on the Core Planning Team to plan the Department’s approach to CBPAR.
- Conduct outreach and community education on the System of Care in NYC.
- Engage with family members to solicit input on delivery of services and their experiences as a parent/caregiver within the System of Care.
- Contribute to required reports to SAMHSA on family engagement and CBPAR-related activities.
High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) Implementation
- Assist in the development and adaptation of HFW services for youth with SED as these services expand to Queens.
- Conduct outreach and/or engagement to ensure that eligible youth and families are aware of these services and to encourage participation.
- Participate in program site visits and provider meetings with DOHMH-contracted HFW providers to assess their program performance, share information on community events/programs, conduct quality improvement activities and provide technical assistance to the Family and Youth Peer Advocates.
Community Engagement and Stakeholder Collaboration
- Identify, convene, and facilitate discussions with family groups/organizations and other programmatic partners for the execution of CBPAR.
- Develop and implement plans to engage community members not typically engaged with DOHMH
- Recruit family members and youth to participate in CBPAR training and apply these skills as members of the various community based meetings and activities related to the project’s CBPAR process.
- Help to develop data collection tools (e.g., survey instruments, facilitator’s guides) to solicit family and youth input.
- Collaborate with family members to identify, develop, and implement projects to address community-identified priorities.
Participate in the Bureau of Children, Youth and Families at key community forums, including Borough Based Council (BBC) and Citywide Oversight Committee (COC) meetings, and grant-supported Community Action Groups.