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A partner in crisis Parent Partner Initiative bridges gap between families and mental health system

Jill Levin (left) and Bri Baldwin (right) are two of the hospital's five parent partners, who provide emotional support for families and help them navigate their way through the mental health system.

The hospital’s Parent Partner Initiative pairs a trained parent with the families of patients seeking mental health services. It’s funded by the Health Care Innovation Award, a $13-million grant split between Akron Children’s and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, given by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations.