Peer & Family Support Network
In partnership with Sonoma County Behavioral Health, NAMI Sonoma County provides support to families experiencing mental health challenges upon referral from the following Behavioral Health teams:
- Mobile Support Team (MST): Upon a request from a law enforcement officer responding to a call that involves behavioral health concerns, trained MST clinicians join the officers at the scene. Once the officer determines that the situation is safe, MST members offer mental health and substance-use disorder interventions to the individual needing help, working to avert a serious crisis. In addition to providing support and resources, they also reach out to family members by referring them for follow-up to a trained NAMI Sonoma County Peer & Family Support specialist.
- Crisis, Assessment, Prevention and Education (CAPE): Requested by local high school or college officials, the CAPE team is trained to provide prevention and early intervention strategies for youth ages, 16 to 25, who are at risk of (or are experiencing) a first onset of serious psychiatric illness and its multiple issues and risk factors. The CAPE team members provide support and resources and reach out to assist family members by referring them for follow-up to a trained NAMI Sonoma County Peer & Family Support specialist.
- Transitional Age Youth Program (TAY): Serving young adults, aged 18-26, who are in need of mental health services and/or housing, the TAY team provides support to individuals on the path to assuming full responsibilities and the rights of adulthood. TAY works with NAMI Sonoma County’s Peer & Family Support staff members to provide additional support to their family members.