Objective: Opening Doors to Recovery (ODR) in southeast Georgia included a family community navigation specialist (F-CNS) in addition to a peer specialist and a mental health professional. This qualitative study assessed the usefulness of the F-CNS role. Methods: Semistructured interviews were conducted with 30 respondents (ten ODR participants with serious mental illnesses; ten familymembers; and ten ODR leaders and team members, including two F-CNSs). Interviews were recorded and transcribed for qualitative analysis. Results: Many respondents found the F-CNS to be helpful, providing psychosocial support, serving as a communication liaison, and being a team member dedicated to the family. Aspects that might require improvement include insufficient description of the F-CNS role to participants and the limited experience and training of the F-CNSs. Conclusions: The F-CNS represents an unexplored role for family members of persons with serious mental illnesses that may complement the roles of other service providers and strengthen recovery-oriented teams.
|Title of host publication||Psychiatric Services|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2015|
Myers, N. A. L., Alolayan, Y., Smith, K., Pope, S. A., Broussard, B., Haynes, N., & Compton, M. T. (2015). A Potential Role for Family Members in Mental Health Care Delivery: The Family Community Navigation Specialist. In Psychiatric Services (pp. 653-655). (Psychiatric Services; Vol. 66). https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201300569