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  • Clinical training workshops for practitioners interested and willing to adopt the practice.

  • Supervision, conducted most commonly in groups, via live meetings, teleconferencing, phone, videotaping, or web groups.

  • Initial and as-needed consultation to mental health program leaders and funding sources for problem solving.

  • How will agencies know if they have a successful program?

How successful a family psychoeducation program is in improving outcomes depends, in part, on how closely the program follows the recommended practice. Programs that only partially adopt the practice or that allowed it to drift back into old ways of providing services may not produce the beneficial outcomes associated with family psychoeducation. A program fidelity scale has been developed that measures adherence to the family psychoeducation model. According to studies, programs that score high on this fidelity scale have better outcomes.

What is the role of the public mental health authority?

There are a variety of roles to play to turn a vision into reality.

  • Articulate the vision. For example, family psychoeducation programs will be a core component of mental health services in our state.

  • Disseminate the information about family psychoeducation to major stakeholders.

  • Gain the interest and support of CEOs and clinical directors of outpatient and community mental health organizations.

  • Promote the implementation of family psychoeducation through performance outcomes and financial incentives.

  • Persuade clinical leaders and program executives of the need to institute services based on valuebetter outcomes at reduced overall cost and improvement in lives.

  • Work with and develop partnerships with mental health centers, trade associations, and consumer and family advocacy groups to help adopt this approach.

  • Provide financial and political support, including helping to resolve financial and organizational barriers.

  • Arrange for and support financially ongoing training and staff development.

  • Arrange for practitioners from the cultural groups represented in the catchment area, as well as interpreters as needed.

  • Measure results and provide feedback to those who practice the approach.

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