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Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

"Finding Help, Finding Hope"

As national events continue to illuminate the critical need for mental health care reform in this country, we must increase our efforts to educate the nation about the importance of prevention and early identification of mental health challenges. We must also highlight the fact that children are an integral part of a family unit and create an understanding amongst policy leaders and practitioners that healthy families are better equipped to support resilient children. Legislation, policies, and practices must fully endorse the undisputed importance of full family engagement and participation in the care and treatment of their children. Further, we must advocate for a holistic approach to children's mental health that includes the provision of supports that strengthen the family as they nurture resiliency.

Please join us as we create a national dialogue about the importance of finding help, finding hope.

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Parent Support Provider Technical Assistance Demonstration Project

The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, in collaboration with SAMHSA, is pleased to announce two demonstration sites for the Parent Support Provider (PSP) Demonstration Project, as well as a new Community of Practice focusing on Parent Support Services.  From the numerous applications submitted, the Federation of Families of South Carolina and the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health - Colorado were chosen as recipients of targeted technical assistance to develop and implement processes for parent support services and a PSP workforce in

Webinar: Organizational Considerations for Successful Implementation of Peer Support Services

In May, 2013, CMS/SAMHSA released a joint informational bulletin that clarified the definition of "Peer" to include adults, families, and youth. As a result of this clarification many organizations are working closely with their states to expand current peer services to include the full spectrum of service possibilities. Currently, 32 states have included Peer Support in their Medicaid State Plan, many through the Rehab Option. Many of these states currently offer only Adult Peer Support services and are in the process of expanding services to be inclusive of family and youth models.

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