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Invisible Children's Project Overview
Parents living with mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders face the same challenges that all parents face:
They also face challenges specific to their illness:
Families in which a parent has a mental illness or co-occurring disorders often have unmet service needs that can lead to family instability and disruption. Service systems may view adults with mental illness or co-occurring disorders in complete isolation of their children, and thus are not providing comprehensive, integrated services that could enhance family stability and self-determination. To service providers, the children of parents with mental illness or co-occurring disorders are often "invisible."
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