Family involvement is particularly important for a patient on the Compass Program for Young Adults (Compass) because developmentally young adults are struggling with how to become independent and still remain members of their family.
At the same time, we recognize that a patient’s family members are also experiencing distress. It can be very stressful to have a family member experiencing psychiatric illness and not know how to help.
In working with families we provide education about their loved one’s diagnoses and treatment options. We also offer patient and family resources
to enhance individuals' understanding of mental health issues.
Additionally, it is important for the Compass treatment team
to understand the patient in the context of his or her family and their history, so a team member gathers a full history from core family members.
With the patient's permission, Menninger staff will establish and maintain regular contact with family members to encourage growth in family relationships and ensure as smooth a transition as possible for the patient's return to family life.