Evidence-based family interventions typically include an initial engagement phase, in which the clinician, not the consumer, assumes primary responsibility for inviting relatives to join the treatment team. We have developed a brief, manualized intervention, the Family Member Provider Outreach (FMPO) program, that orients consumers and relatives to the possibility of including families in treatment and encourages consumers to invite relatives to become involved in the consumer's care. FMPO is consistent with a recovery orientation in emphasizing consumer self-direction and empowerment. It incorporates an individualized and consumer-directed approach and is grounded in the belief that in most cases consumers can and should be responsible for deciding if and how their relatives should be involved in their treatment and for inviting them to participate should this be desired. The family member provider (FMP), who facilitates the intervention, is a relative of a person with serious psychiatric illness and has mental health professional training. This dual role helps the FMP to bridge the gap between the family, the consumer, and the care team. The FMP may or may not be a member of the consumer's specific mental health treatment team.