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 Rhode Island - The Evolution of Family Navigation in ASD-DD Systems of Care

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This Peer-to-Peer Exchange, hosted by Rhode Island's (RI) The Autism Project (TAP), focused on Family Navigation. TAP is currently leveraging its position as RI's shared family resource center and its vast experience managing and integrating Family Navigators in the community to Improve Delivery of Education, Navigation, and Telehealth Information for Families, professionals, and Youth (also referred to as Project IDENTIFY). During this meeting, participants learned how the RI team has collaborated with different partners, addressed challenges around funding and sustainability, and established buy-in to effectively integrate Family Navigators in the community. 

In addition, the RI team provided an overview of a new tool they developed for Family Navigators to help the navigators determine their role with families, based on the stage the family is at when they are connected. The team facilitated an interactive discussion with the tool and shared recommendations/best practices for Family Navigators based on the various stages of the families they work with. RI also organized two panels: a family navigator and family leader panel to discuss their experiences with and in the system of care. The day and a half exchange ultimately allowed participating states to engage with the RI team and each other, share ideas and challenges, and develop action plans related to Family Navigation while receiving real-time feedback and resources to help address a need and/or improve a program.

Presentations and Resources 

State Poster Presentations 

During this meeting, all participating states were able to complete and share a poster presentation about their Family Navigation activities. See what the states shared below.