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Editor's e-Note
This month’s e-newsletter theme is education and we’re highlighting an innovative educational program for parents of children with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Researchers in the University of Kansas (KU) School of Social Welfare have developed a model of family-driven practice, called parent support training (PST) best practices protocol, which has been shown to improve home stability of youths with significant mental health needs.

Despite the rapid growth of family support services, limited research and training curricula exist to show effectiveness or train the rapidly growing family support workforce. KU’s social welfare team has been able to define a specific model of the Kansas family support practice PST, evaluate effectiveness, and develop training for PST providers.

Through education, this program is improving both the quality of and access to social services for a segment of clients in need of family support.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
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Model Aims to Help Families Caring for Children With Disabilities

Across the country, mental health agencies are embracing the concept of family-driven care, which posits that families have a primary decision-making role in their children’s care and are actively engaged in the design of policies that promote quality care for all children.

University of Kansas (KU) researchers have contracted with the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services to expand and test the effectiveness of a specific component of that concept to help families caring for children with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Researchers in the School of Social Welfare developed a model of family-driven practice, parent support training (PST) best practices protocol, which has been shown to improve home stability of youth with significant mental health needs. A unique feature of the PST practice is that it fosters peer support, allowing parents to help parents and empower them to better care for themselves and their children with unique needs.

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