Policy Manual


Involvement of Families of Origin, Kin, and Other Significant Persons in the Life of a Client      

Type: Policy                 Category: Service Delivery                 Level: Community Care 

Parties: Community Care Employees and/or Contractees

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Supporting References: COA Service Standards VOC 4.09, FPS 7.02, FPS 7.04, FC 7.01, FC 7.02, RTX 2; Mental Health Regulations CS.6; Rights of Recipients of Mental Health Services Who are Children in Need of Treatment Section A,VI, 7,a.

Parent Effective Date Approval Level Revision Dates Last Reviewed
N/A  6-19-2003  Board    12-1-2008
Related Document Code Related Document Name Type
3.MEP.26 Involvement of Families of Origin, Kin, and Other Significant Persons in the Life of a Client Procedure

Policy:  Community Care understands that optimal intake, assessment, planning, delivery, and evaluation of services is best approximated when all significant persons in the life of a client are identified and involved in the delivery of service. It shall be the policy of Community Care to systematically seek out and involve all persons significant in the lives of our clients. In practice these people shall include, but are not limited to: Families of Origin, including birth and adoptive families; "Step" relatives, e.g. stepmothers, stepsiblings; Members of the client's extended family, e.g., grandparents, cousins. Other significant persons in the life of the client may include individuals and groups that have had meaningful roles in the life of a client. Such individuals may be part of formal social systems (e.g., teachers, ministers, personal representative, or professionals). They may also be part of informal social systems, (e.g., coaches, scout troop leaders, and mentors). This inclusion of any of these persons assumes that their involvement is safe and is not contraindicated. Community Care values the contributions of all safe relevant persons in the lives of our clients. It is recognized that involvement in the delivery of services can be direct (e.g., active participation in treatment teams) and/or indirect (e.g., providing important information through phone calls without other active participation). The identification and facilitation of involvement of these persons shall be primarily the responsibility of the direct service provider. However, it should be noted that if other professionals involved in the treatment of the a client become aware of significant, but unidentified persons in the client's life and/or become aware of specific obstacles to their involvement, these matters will be brought to the attention of the service provider immediately.