AFN Need Assessment-Final Report-8.15.2016

After months of preparation and with the input of families, AFN is proud to share “A Needs Assessment, Listening to the Voices of Allegheny County Parents Raising Children with Emotional and/or Mental Health Challenges”.  Allegheny Family Network (AFN) commissioned the Youth and Family Training Institute Evaluation Team to help us understand the education, support and even social needs of families raising children with MH challenges.  Several information gathering techniques were utilized such as focus groups with family members, interviews with key informants who are employed in each of the child serving systems and the use of an electronic survey or paper survey family members or providers who work with families in Allegheny County  were able to complete.  The information gathered by the Youth and Family Training Institute’s evaluation team speaks volumes of the needs of families raising youth with MH challenges.  It represents “Family Voice” and tells us, there is still work to be done to ensure that “Voice” is heard.   Attached is the outcome of the research document.  If you have any questions, need more information or would like a presentation by AFN staff regarding the research, please contact Toni Wagner, COO, at

Allegheny Family Network Executive Summary Report

Allegheny Family Network Needs Assessment - Final Report - 8.15.2016