Contact information for Lane county:
Jessie Carpenter, Regional Director
Phone: (541) 342-2876
OFSN Lane county partners with families of children who experience behavioral, emotional or mental health challenges to help them succeed at home, school and in life. We work with parents, foster parents, grandparents and other people who have made a commitment to helping their children to realize their potential to live full and meaningful lives.
OFSN Lane features the following free activities:
- Parents Night Out (or respite care)– in Eugene and Cottage Grove. Children are cared for by trained youth activity leaders in a fun and supportive setting while parents are given an opportunity to spend some adult time on their own.
- System Navigation and Peer Support– for families receiving services from Lane County Behavioral Health or other children’s mental health services.
- Family Fun Activities —such as movie night, Skateworld and annual picnic and holiday parties.
- Support Groups– in Florence and Eugene. Parents come together to share joys and challenges in a supportive atmosphere. These groups help break the sense of isolation many parents feel raising a child with special needs. Facilitated by a family peer the groups give parents a chance to share insights and resources, laugh together and support each other.
- Lane OFSN Parent Champions–a group of committed parents who are developing leadership skills, provide tauma-informed support to one another, serve on local committees and advocate for their children at a systems level.
- Wraparound Family Partners–Staff support parents to help be sure their voice and perspectives are heard. The wraparound process is a team-based, family driven approach the helping children and youth who are struggling in multiple systems to achieve their goals. OFSN partners closely with Direction Service, Centro Latino Americano, Youth Move and Trillium CCO in this work.
- Resource, Referral and IEP Support. Call the OFSN office for information about local services to support your child. We also are able on a limited basis to accompany parents during Individual Education Plan meetings at school.
- Collaborative Parenting Series–This 8 week group is co-facilitated by a therapist at Lane County Behavioral Health and an OFSN Family Partner. Based on the Collaborative Problem Solving approach, the group is designed to help families with children and adolescents with a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges learn how to be proactive in resolving conflict, identify triggers, and how to plan fully and emphatically respond to even the most difficult parenting situations.
- Mental Health First Aid Training (Adult and Youth)–Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. Call to schedule a course. (There is a fee for this)