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Family Advisory Councils

At Vinfen, we recognize that we are transforming lives together. We support and help the individuals we serve to transform their lives, together with other caregivers, community resources, and most importantly – with their families. Families are the most important resource of information, guidance, and support, for their loved one in our care.

Our Family Advisory Councils were formed to provide mutual support, education and assistance for families, and to encourage input from families in the development of the Vinfen’s programs, policies, and plans. Family members of people with psychiatric conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and behavioral health challenges and their advocates have a unique and important perspective on program services and disability policies.

The Councils are committed to making a real difference. Members provide guidance on a wide range of initiatives and projects such as developing staff training that promotes the principles of family self-direction and partnership, coordinating family educational forums and networking events, and creating new policies and procedures that strengthen the partnership between families and Vinfen to support their loved ones.

JOIN A VINFEN FAMILY ADVISORY COUNCIL

Any family member of a person with a psychiatric condition, intellectual and developmental disability, brain injury, or behavioral health challenge is encouraged to join. This includes parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, guardians, and other loved ones.

As a member, you will develop new skills and acquire knowledge that will enhance your ability to act as an effective family advocate and leader. You will learn from other family members’ experiences. You will also create change in policy and program development and achieve important outcomes that will make a difference for families.

For information about the Vinfen Family Advisory Council for loved ones with intellectual or developmental disabilities or brain injuries, contact Mary Beth Vargus at 617-441-1869 or vargusm@vinfen.org.

For information about the Vinfen Family Advisory Council for loved ones with psychiatric conditions, contact Renee Taylor at 617-441-1894 or taylorr@vinfen.org.

For information about the Vinfen Connecticut Family Advisory Council, contact Jana McClure at 860-688-3165 or mcclurej@vinfen.org.