Creating a network of Family Coaching Clinics using a new model of family-centered preventive behavioral health care

Modeled after the "minute clinics" now widespread in places like CVS and Wal-Mart, family coaching clinics disrupt the stigma and prohibitive cost that often comes with traditional mental health care and offers a new vision for timely preventive behavioral health and early intervention services for families. Using a rigorously developed coaching model widely accepted in the professional world, behavioral specialists give families the tools they need to address common problems and normal developmental issues within a limited time period. These clinics, available in easy-to-access, inviting locations, are a particularly promising tool for issues like setting appropriate limits for kids, coping with divorce, developing good eating habits or dealing with bullying in school. A prototype in Santa Monica, CA — UCLA Family Commons — opened in December 2009. "Most mental health services focus on addressing entrenched problems, rather than building family routines and coping skills to prevent such disorders from developing in the first place," wrote Diane Flannery, founding director of the UCLA Family Commons. "We see this is as a new model of consumer-centered mental health care that gives families the tools they need to become agents of their own well-being."

In 2007, Family Coaching Clinic was voted one of three winners from among more than 300 entries in the global Disruptive Innovations in Health and Health Care competition sponsored by RWJF

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,998,530.00

Awarded on: 10/31/2008

Time frame: 11/15/2008 - 11/14/2011

Grant Number: 63958


Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus
Project Director