Families Connect Inc’s staff of COMPASS program navigators can play an instrumental role promoting engagement by working directly with the families providing resources to promote early access to medical, social, educational, and mental health treatment. This coordination of services is a partnership between our navigators, the client, and the caretakers. The navigator serves as a support mechanism and linkage to services, but their role is not to do 100% of the work for the clients or families. The navigator pools from formal supports such as school personnel and health care providers as well as informal supports such as neighbors, family, and churches to assist with this partnership. Additionally, the role of the navigator will be to teach and empower clients and families to be self-sufficient and show them how to access community resources and mental health treatment when needed. Our staff of navigators will partner with mental health providers in the community, as needed, and the client’s primary care physician to maintain continuity of care and long-term success.
The treatment support team coordinated by the navigator and including the caregiver, client, school professionals, mental health provider and primary care physician, will collectively work to implement an individualized family-focused service plan providing early access to mental health treatment and community services.
Our program specifically targets the delivery of services and interventions to the underserved population in both rural and urban communities thereby increasing access to and the delivery of services.
The implementation of a family-focused service plan with ongoing engagement will result in a decrease of mental health problems into adulthood. The support system of our navigators will empower both the child and family and shape the trajectory of progress toward a happy and healthy life.