By Mary Gully – Salt Lake County Youth Services Family Resource Facilitator
On July 1, 2015 Salt Lake County Youth Services took over the administrative piece of the Family Resource Facilitator (FRF) offsite locations for the FRF’s that are paid under the Salt Lake County Behavioral Health contract. Mary Gully (Youth Services main campus FRF) will oversee this portion of the contract/program.
The FRF’s are part of a wraparound team approach that work with clients from our Juvenile Receiving Centers and FAST programs. OptumHealth was the overseer of the contract for the three preceding years. Under their prevue, each FRF was paid by and received benefits by his/her anchoring agency. Each FRF is now a county employee and, as such, receives equal pay and benefits. Each FRF will continue to retain office space at his/her anchoring agency. Any position openings will be advertised and filled by Salt Lake County Youth Services.
The FRF’s provide mental health assistance to families/caregivers of children/youth with complex needs. Per State of Utah guidelines, the services are offered to parent(s) and/or caregivers on behalf of children/youth. They are family members who have first-hand experience living with a child or loved one who has emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges. The FRF can be a mentor, a mediator, a facilitator to bridge between the families and agencies. FRF’s ensure each family is heard and their individual needs are being addressed and met. FRF’s are trained family Peer Support Specialists who develop working partnerships with child serving agencies, both public and private, to represent a family voice at service delivery, administration and policy levels. These services help children remain in their own homes and communities.
In addition, FRF’s provide support at no cost which include information to community resources and local support groups, act as family advocates/advisors with local agencies to provide resources for local health centers and in-home services. To contact and speak to a Family Resource Facilitator call 385-468-4500.