At Vinfen, 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 mental health conditionsintellectual and developmental disabilitiesbrain 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.


Any family member of a person with a mental health 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, 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, contact Mary Beth Vargus at 617-441-1869 or [email protected].

For information about the Vinfen Connecticut Family Advisory Council, contact Vinfen CT Vice President and Executive Director Rob Crane at 860-787-2441 or [email protected].