Family Support

Mental Health Association’s Family Support Service

320 N. Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607
Contact:  Nitza Rodriguez, Director
(585) 325-3145 x152

or contact us online

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The Mental Health Association provides support to families of children with emotional or behavioral health challenges

A Family Peer Advocate is a caregiver who has experienced what you’re going through

We offer:

  • Support by phone, in person, in groups or individually
  • Assistance with school issues—education advocacy
  • Teen support
  • Assistance in identifying and developing natural supports
  • Caregiver discussion, education and skill-building groups
Family Support Services Fact Sheet Hoja de Datos para Servicios de Apoyo Familiar
Temper Tamers  Coffee Club
Daytimers Parents of Teens Support Group
PEACE (Teen Support) Group Strengthening and Empowering Families with Young Children


Virtual Workshops:

Call Julie Febrey at 585-325-3145 x122 for information and to sign up.

Tuesdays – November, 2021

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

*For Parents/Caregivers of Children Ages 5 and up/School-Age.

November 2nd, 2021– “Strengthening Families Program” Lesson #5: “Problem Solving and Negotiation Skills”.

November 9th, 2021– “Strengthening Families Program” Lesson #6: “Stress and Anger Management Skills”.

November 16th, 2021– “Strengthening Families Program” Lesson #8: “No Alcohol, Tobacco or Other Drugs (A.T.O.D.)”.

November 23rd, 2021– “Strengthening Families Program” Lesson #10: “Values, Traditions, and Service”.

November 30th, 2021– “”Raising Children without losing your voice or your mind” 10 laws for parenting happier, healthier, better-behaved children.

Wednesdays – November, 2021

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

*For Parents/Caregivers of Tweens and Teens.

November 3rd, 2021No Workshop-MHA All Day Staff Training.

November 10th, 2021No Workshop-Training in Community.

November 17th, 2021– “Adolescence & other temporary mental disorders” featuring Dr. Patrick C. Friman.

November 24th, 2021– “Parenting From The Inside Out” by Daniel J. Siegel M.D. & Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.

Thursdays – November, 2021

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

*Thursdays: For Parents/Caregivers of Children Ages 5 and up/School-Age.

November 4th, 2021– No Workshop-Training in Community.

November 11th, 2021– “Strengthening Families Program” Lesson #7: “Goals and Contracts to Change Behavior”.

November 18th, 2021– “Strengthening Families Program” Lesson #9: “Choosing Good Friends and Monitoring Activities”

November 25th, 2021No Workshop-MHA Thanksgiving Holiday.

Fridays – November, 2021

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

*Fridays: For Parents/Caregivers of Children Ages 5 and under.

November 5th, 2021

November 12, 2021

November 19th, 2021

No Workshop on November 26th, 2021-MHA Holiday.


If you’re raising a teenager with behavioral and/or emotional challenges, this might be the group for you. Parents of Teens is an opportunity to meet, talk, listen, and learn about the ups and downs that happen while raising a teenager. It’s a great place to get support from people who understand.

June, 2021:

Monday June 14th, 2021

Monday June 29th, 2021

July, 2021:

Monday July 12th, 2021

Monday July 26th, 2021

August, 2021:

Monday August 9th, 2021

Monday August 23rd, 2021

September, 2021:

Monday September 13th, 2021

Monday September 27th, 2021

October, 2021:

Monday October 11th, 2021

Monday October 25th, 2021

November, 2021:

Monday November 8th, 2021

Monday November 22nd, 2021

December, 2021:

Monday December 13th, 2021

**Attention consumers or family members of OPWDD (I/DD), OMH (mental health), and OASAS (addiction) services in Monroe County!

The Monroe County Office of Mental Health wants to know what you think about services to help us plan. Please participate in the consumer and/or family member survey – see the link below.

The intent of this survey is to collect community feedback regarding Mental Health, Substance Use and Developmental Disability services offered in Monroe County that will be used in planning for future services.

Your response to the survey is voluntary, you can choose to answer as few or as many questions as you prefer, and it should take less than 10 minutes, depending on how much detail you include.


Or Scan this QR code:

Survey Deadline is: July 3rd at 5pm!



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