Strengthening Flint Families

Strengthening Flint Families is a community-based behavioral health intervention designed to reduce behavioral health disparities and improve family resilience in the Flint Community by providing multiple levels of peer support and family services. Strengthening Flint Families is comprised of three behavioral health interventions: at the Individual level: Peer Recovery Coaches (PRCs); at the Family level: Strengthening Families Program (SFP); and at the Community-level: a Multi-Media Campaign.

Make a referral to Strengthening Families Program here:

Click here to submit the electronic referral form

Click here to download our referral form

As a major project of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions (FCHES), the three behavioral health interventions are an excellent fit for the needs of economically distressed, minority-majority cities such as Flint. This research project is a hybrid type III implementation trial that focuses on how to best implement these effective behavioral health interventions to reach under-served populations and maximize sustainability while evaluating the effectiveness of the programs themselves.

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Peer Recovery Support Services /Peer Recovery Coaches (PRCs)

Peer recovery support services are delivered by certified Peer Recovery Coaches (PRCs), individuals that have experienced substance use disorder and are currently in recovery (SAMHSA, 2009). The goal of peer recovery support is to use the experience and skills of peers who have been successful in the recovery process to assist individuals seeking to achieve or sustain recovery.

  • Evidence-based approach that assigns a peer recovery coach to community members in substance use treatment for support during and after treatment
  • Coaches will typically be existing staff or volunteers within the organization and will be trained as a group, with semi-annual training provided for new staff
  • Coaches are required to have a minimum of two years sustained recovery, 500 hours of work at a substance use treatment or prevention program, and complete specialized education and testing.

Learn More About Peer Recovery Coaching

Certification Requirements from the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals

Information for Peer Recovery Coaches from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Strengthening Families Program (SFP)

Strengthening Families Program is an evidence-based program for all families with children between the ages of 10-14. SFP for ages 10-14 consists of 7 interactive sessions and is taught to 5-10 families over a 7-week period, with sessions typically offered in the evenings. Childcare is provided for families who also have children under age ten, as well as a meal for the families to share together to start each session.

  • Evidence-based family sessions emphasizing parenting skills, children’s social skills, and family life skills
  • Culturally sensitive to multi-ethnic families who live in urban or rural areas and are appropriate for individuals and families of all educational levels
  • Parents and children participate and learn skills, both separately and together
  • Effective for improving parent, child, and adolescent behavioral health outcomes as well as substance use prevention

Learn More About Strengthening Families Program

Strengthening Families Program from the creators

Strengthening Families Program outcomes and national recognition from the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration

Make a referral to Strengthening Families Program here:

Click here to submit the electronic referral form

Click here to download our referral form

Health Communication Media Campaign

Individual shows are comprised of 4 – 5 interview blocks interspersed with a guest chosen song list of 7 -10 songs. Radio time is available to our community partners to share information and updates about their projects, products and services with the Flint Community and help us build a playlist that reflects the depth and variety of those who live, work and play within the ten mile range that covers Flint and its edges.

Contact our team at or call 810-356-7698