MHANYS CarePath™ Program assists individuals and their families or identified supporters in developing a comprehensive strategy called a CarePath™. This innovative program strengthens the overall health and well-being of individuals and their families’ transition from any type of treatment setting or families simply interested in achieving better overall health and a sense of well-being. The CarePath™ supports healthy reconnections amongst family, friends, and within the community, be it – job, school, or other associations.

This one-of-a-kind program was developed by MHANYS to supplement discharge planning and aftercare while educating families on whole family health and well-being. It guides and supports a group as they create a climate of well-being and connectedness in which the mental health of everyone is valued and supported. CarePath™ participants come to understand their health and well-being is not in isolation of each other.


Families are typically ‘First Responders’ for many individuals living with mental health and substance use disorders. Frustrated family members often call 911 because they do not have the skills to deescalate situations that lead to crisis and end up calling the police, going to the emergency room, and/or promoting repeat hospitalizations. Families need to be equipped with the tools and resources that acknowledge and maximize shared contributions in care planning and aftercare amongst the support network, and at the same time, teaches how to preserve and respect the integrity of each member’s own health.

What is a CarePath™?

A CarePath™ acts as a blueprint for maintaining better overall health and a sense of well-being. CarePath™ participants develop realistic expectations about the process involved in achieving and maintaining health and wellness as each participant defines their own CarePath™. This shared experience allows family members and supporters to better support their loved one. Each are engaged in choices that direct and promote a sense of well-being for themselves making it easier to support each other.

Managing or recovering from any chronic mental and/or substance use disorders often goes beyond what traditional treatment and discharge planning can do. MHANYS CarePath™ Program assists individuals and their families or identified supporters in designing their own comprehensive path to better overall health and wellness. CarePath™ participants’ create a wellness mindset.

Consider a CarePath™ Coach in Your School

MHANYS CarePath™ program is appropriate for individuals over 12 years of age. A CarePath™ Coach:

  • supports a reintegration plan for students and their family after a recent setback or discharge from a treatment or residential setting.
  • supports the student and their family, and partners with school mental health professionals, educators and school administrators to ensure a successful transition and academic success for the student.
  • facilitates continuous family engagement.


Deborah Faust
Director of Family Engagement & Support Services
Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS)
518-434-0439 x 221

Interested in becoming a CarePath™ Coach? 

Click here for more information.


Upcoming CarePath™ Coach Trainings:

Online CarePath™ Coach training is now available. All trainings listed below are 3 hours in length from 9am- 12pm

  • January 24- 28, 2022
  • February 14 – 18, 2022
  • March 14 – 18, 2022

MHANYS online certification in the CarePath™ model includes instruction in trauma-informed guidelines for virtual engagement.

In-person CarePath™ Coach training will resume as soon as the health of our citizens is no longer at risk.

Check out MHANYS listing of Family webinars here.



MHANYS Capital Region Training Center
194 Washington Avenue Suite, 415
Albany, NY 12210


For more information or questions:

Email info@mhanys.org or call (518) 434-0439

MHANYS is very pleased to be partnering with Herkimer Community College in the inclusion of MHANYS CarePath™ Curriculum for all students graduating with a degree in Human Services. 

CarePath™ Testimonials

“When my husband and I agreed to participate in MHANYS CarePath™ Program, we were interested in supporting our son in his recovery. We had no idea how the CarePath™ would support our own health and our other children. Our family is grateful for the CarePath™ Program.”

        – Family from Schenectady

“CarePath™ is family-centered with a holistic wellness lens that is strength-based, trauma-informed and is delivered within a structured system that can be evaluated for its efficacy.”

        – Robert, a CarePath™ Coach from Westchester County

“Participating in the CarePath™ Coach training reminded me how important it is to keep the human in human services while adopting the best practices science has to offer. The CarePath™ Program is a wonderful support tool.”

         – A case manager from the MHA in Fulton & Montgomery Counties
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