Familia Adelante: Multi-risk Reduction Behavioral Health Prevention for Latino Youth and Families



Latinos are expected to reach one quarter of the U.S population by the year 2050, and are at a disproportionate risk for negative behavioral health outcomes such as substance use and alcoholism (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2007), sexually transmitted illnesses such as HIV (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007), and mental health concerns (Prado et al., 2006). With this knowledge, researchers have developed a behavioral health intervention that focuses on culturally based risk factors within the Latino community. 

The training track Familia Adelante: Multi-risk Reduction Behavioral Health Prevention for Latino/Hispanic Youth and Families (FA) addresses the impact of acculturative stress on Latino communities and equips Latino-serving organizations with a psycho-educational curriculum that helps Latino families manage negative behavioral outcomes associated with stress exposure. The curriculum, 12 sessions in length, educates high-risk Latino youth, ages 10-14 and their families in family and peer communication, substance abuse prevention, HIV knowledge and perceptions of harm about high-risk behavior, and positive school bonding and behavior. This is not a treatment program, but rather a family development model for youth who have early signs of either behavioral or emotional problems. The Familia Adelante intervention is administered to youth and parents concurrently but separately in a group format. 

Who can participate?

Organizations may propose a team of three to five members. Strong preference will be given to Latino/Hispanic-serving organizations that can provide an organizational leader (ex.  supervisor), as well as consumer peer advocate(s), bilingual paraprofessionals including Promotoras, and/or bilingual clinicians working on integrated care teams. Participants should have at least 2 years experience providing some form of family, youth, social or behavioral health services. Knowledge of Evidence Based Programs/Practices among team members is also preferred.

Questions to consider before applying for Familia Adelante

  • Is there a need to augment services for high risk Latino youth (those with early signs of behavioral or emotional issues)?
  • Does my organization have access to middle school age youth 10-14?
  • Can my organization commit staff and other resources to implement and evaluate this 12 week, curriculum based model?
  • Is there a willingness to share data/findings with the developer of Familia Adelante?
  • Can this program be sustained by the organization?

What is required of participants?

Recognizing that it takes more than a 2-day training to implement new practices or programs, SAMHSA requests that participating NNED Partner teams commit to the full NNEDLearn 2015 training model which includes: Prepare; Learn; Implement; and Sustain. Read more about NNEDLearn 2015. Objectives and expectations for each NNEDLearn stage for FA are as follows:


The first stage of NNEDLearn involves preparing the NNED Partner team for the Learn stage (on-site training), and requires that team members:

  • Participate in an introductory webinar.
  • Complete readings on the Familia Adelante program development.


From April 12-15, teams will attend a 2½ day training at the Tamaya Hyatt in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. Participants will learn:

  • Risk and Protective factors in the Latino community as related to substance use and other behavioral problems.
  • Underlying stress theory and research that is the basis for Familia Adelante.
  • Implementing the Familia Adelante 12 week youth and parent curricula.
  • Familia Adelante fidelity monitoring and outcome evaluation procedures.
  • Developing a plan for site specific Familia Adelante implementation, supervision and fidelity monitoring


After the Learn stage (on-site training), all FA teams join together in a “community of practice” that receives ongoing coaching to help support uptake of the practice. Team members will:

  • Participate in 4 monthly webinars (dates to be posted on NNED website).
  • Participate regularly in the online discussion forum.


NNED Partner teams are expected to pursue efforts to sustain the practice and to demonstrate outcome and impact as appropriate. Teams will have the opportunity to: 

  • Provide input on training outcomes and the impact of NNEDLearn 2015.


Richard Cervantes, Ph.D, Director, Behavioral Assessment, Inc. 

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: February 24, 2015
  • Prepare Webinar: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 4:00 pm -- 5:00 pm ET
  • Learn Stage (On-site Training): April 12 - April 15, 2015 (Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico)
  • Implement Webinars in:
    • May 2015
    • June 2015
    • July 2015
    • August 2015

Information for all webinars is posted on the Discussion Forum under the "Meeting and Logistics" thread.

Discussion Forum

Access the Familia Adelante Discussion Forum.