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 Melenie Stanton at 585-325-3145 x117 for information or to sign up.

Tuesdays in May 2021 – focus is on preschool to school age children

May 4th, 2021: “Strengthening Families Program” Lesson #9 “Choosing Good Friends/Monitoring Activities”.

May 11th, 2021: “The Whole Brain Child” Part 1.

May 18th, 2021: “The Whole Brain Child” Part 3/Final Part of Program.

May 25th, 2021: “Unconditional Parenting” Part 1 of 2.

Wednesdays in May 2021 – Focus is on the Tween and Teenage Years

May 5th, 2021: No Workshop/Class due to Conference.

May 12th, 2021: “Strengthening Families Program” INTRO Lesson and Lesson #1.

May 19th, 2021: “Strengthening Families Program” Lesson #2 “Communicate with Love/Understanding”

May 26th, 2021: “Strengthening Families Program” Lesson #3 “The Five R’s for a Happy Home.”

Thursdays in May 2021 – Focus is on Preschool age children

May 6th, 2021: “Strengthening Families Program” Lesson #10 “Values, Traditions, and Service”.

May 13th, 2021: “The Whole Brain Child” Part 2.

May 20th, 2021: “How Difficult Can This Be?” Richard Lavoie.

May 27th, 2021: “Unconditional Parenting” Part 2 of 2.

Fridays in may 2021 – focus is on preschool and under-age children

May 7th, May 14th, May 21st, and May 28th.


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.

JANUARY, 2021:

Monday, January 25, 2021:
6pm – 7:30pm


February 8, 2021:
6pm – 7:30pm

February 22, 2021:
6pm – 7:30pm

March, 2021

March 8, 2021:
6pm – 7:30pm

March 22, 2021:
6pm – 7:30pm

April, 2021:

April 5, 2021:
6pm – 7:30pm

April 19, 2021:
6pm – 7:30pm

May, 2021:

May 3, 2021:
6pm – 7:30pm

May 17, 2021:
6pm – 7:30pm

**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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