Family Partners of Hudson County: Family-Driven Care

NNEDLearn 2013 Participant: Family Partners of Hudson County

Description: Family Partners of Hudson County serve the families and youth in Hudson County. They partner with a care management organization and serve families and youth with intensive, moderate and supportive needs in their homes, schools and communities.

The organization employs families with lived experience reflective of the community and they in turn help other families navigate the system.

Population of focus: African American, Asian, Latino and Native American youth and families

Setting: Community center

Level of focus: Family

Background: Family leaders met with former Governor Christie Whitman about a need for change in behavioral health. One county applied for a SAMHSA grant in 1999. During the fourth year of implementation, New Jersey implemented System of Care in three counties each year till all counties were covered. Hudson county is one of these counties. Families have been instrumental from the beginning, serving on the county and state management team and leading state reform.


Gloria Rivera
Executive Director
Family Partners of Hudson County