Virginia has contracted with the University of Pittsburgh Youth and Family Training Institute to provide training support of the High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) workforce. In Pennsylvania both Family Support Partners and Youth Support Partners are on the HFW Team. The Youth Support Partner position is designed to provide intensive levels of direct support for youth or young adults Youth Support Partners are generally two to five years older than the youth being served, under the age of 25 when they become a Youth Support Partner, and are a graduate of HFW or have similar life experiences with the youth they are working with. Youth Support Partners must have a high school education or GED and life experiences that allow them to form empathetic relationships with the youth they serve. They receive extensive training and are supported by a HFW coach. Virginia plans to pilot the use of Youth Support Partners within the HFW process during the last year (2020) of the System of Care grant in at least one System of Care grant funded locality.

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Youth Support Partners (YSP) assist the team understand the youth’s perspective and the youth to understand the team. They are also instrumental for building a youth’s connection to their community. Please watch the video below to learn more about the benefit of Youth Support Partners in the HFW process.

I’ve learned that youth have a positive role to play in advocacy and policy for mental health.

Youth Leader, Virginia