What is a Community Connector?
Community Connectors are the people and organizations who connect families and individuals in their communities with resources, support, education, and other tools needed to improve the quality of their lives.
We work closely with the Connectors listed below to support Washington state families. If you are in need of assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to any of these organizations.
Passages Family Support
Passages is a consumer/family operated licensed community mental health agency that provides outpatient mental health services for individuals enrolled in the Spokane County Regional Support Network System of Care. Families, youth, and children living in Northeast Washington and facing mental health challenges are welcome at Passages, a peer support organization that strives to form healthy partnerships with clients by providing recovery-based support services, coordination of care, classes, and advocacy.
A Common Voice
We help families reclaim their resiliency! Our lived experience speaks truth into the complexities of parenting a child or youth with constant behavioral care needs.
We help parents:
- Increase daily coping strategies
- Navigate child serving systems such as school, juvenile court, and behavioral health
- Develop an on-going support network
Family Alliance for Mental Health
We are a family support organization serving King County. We are families serving families. We empower and support families and youth struggling with behavioral, emotional or substance abuse challenges in navigating resources to achieve wellness and resilience.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington provides governance, advocacy and fundraising support for the 22 NAMI affiliate offices, large and small, throughout the state. NAMI’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all those affected by mental illness. We do this by providing a statewide, unifying voice of advocacy and coordinating the delivery of education, support and recovery. NAMI Washington trains affiliate volunteers to teach and lead NAMI’s programs in their communities.
Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment
PAVE is a parent directed organization that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members in all walks of life and with all types of disabilities. Since 1979, PAVE has provided information, training and support for over 1,000,000 individuals with disabilities, parents and professionals.
Washington State Fathers Network
We do our work by connecting men with each other and with resources and information, by training men to tell their story and advocate for change and by working to promote inclusion.
We are a family-focused, dads driven peer support model providing support, training, advocacy, and resources to the parents and families of special needs kids, and their local service providers. Each of us has a child with special needs in our family, so we have traveled a similar road, and we have had to deal with the stigma and barriers that every special needs parent faces.
Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy
Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy (WAAA) extends access to healthcare, education and services for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD’s) & related intellectual and developmental disabilities.
NW PANDAS/PANS Network
Serving Pacific Northwest children diagnosed with PANDAS/PANS/AE and their families. Committed to raising awareness, providing education and resources, advocating for legislative changes and supporting local research.