Strengthening Flint Families is a community-based behavioral health intervention designed to reduce behavioral health disparities and improve family resilience in the Flint Community by providing multiple levels of peer support and family services. Strengthening Flint Families is comprised of three behavioral health interventions: at the Individual level: Peer Recovery Coaches (PRCs); at the Family level: Strengthening Families Program; and at the Community-level: a Multi-Media Campaign.
As a major project of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions (FCHES), the three behavioral health interventions are excellent fit for the needs of economically distressed, minority-majority cities such as Flint. This research project is a hybrid type III implementation trial that focuses on how to best implement these effective behavioral health interventions to reach under-served populations and maximize sustainability while evaluating the effectiveness of the programs themselves.
Peer Recovery Support Services /Peer Recovery Coaches (PRCs)
Peer recovery support services are delivered by certified Peer Recovery Coaches (PRCs), individuals that have experienced substance use disorder and are currently in recovery (SAMSHA, 2009).
The goal of peer recovery support is to use the experience and skills of peers who have been successful in the recovery process to assist individuals seeking to achieve or sustain recovery.
- Evidence-based approach that assigns a peer recovery coach to community members in substance use treatment for support during and after treatment.
- Coaches will typically be existing staff or volunteers within the organization and will be trained as a group, with semi-annual training provided for new staff.
- Coaches are required to have a minimum of two years sustained recovery, 500 hours of work at a substance use treatment or prevention program, and complete specialized education and testing.
Learn More About Peer Recovery Coaching
- Certification Requirements from the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals
- Information for Peer Recovery Coaches from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Strengthening Families Program (SFP 7-17)
Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 7 – 17 (SFP 7 – 17) is an evidence-based program for families with children between the ages of 7 – 17 that consists of 10 interactive sessions and 4 booster sessions. The program is taught to 5 – 10 participating families over 14 weeks, with sessions typically offered in the evenings. Childcare is provided for families who also have children under age seven, as is a meal for the families to share together to start each session.
- Evidence-based family sessions emphasizing parenting skills, children’s social skills, and family life skills.
- Culturally sensitive to multi-ethnic families who live in urban or rural areas and are appropriate for individuals and families of all educational levels.
- Parents and children participate and learn skills, both separately and together.
- Effective for improving parent, child, and adolescent behavioral health outcomes as well as substance use prevention.
Health Communication Media Campaign
Individual shows are comprised of 4 – 5 interview blocks interspersed with a guest chosen song list of 7 -10 songs. Radio time is available to our community partners to share information and updates about their projects, products and services with the Flint Community and help us build a playlist that reflects the depth and variety of those who live, work and play within the ten mile range that covers Flint and its edges.