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This fact sheet gives some statistics about the prevalence of mental health disorders in children and outlines some of the most common ones.

This paper is about the interaction between family involvement in behavioral health systems of care and cultural and linguistic competence. It describes “family-driven-care” from four cultural perspectives—the world views, beliefs, values, traditions, customs, and languages of Asian, Black, First Nations, and Latino families living in the United States. It discusses the role and importance of incorporating “family culture” as defined by the family in the process of outreaching to, engaging, and involving families in care.

This fact sheet outlines some of the important facts parents and caregivers should know about relinquishing custody of their children for services and treatment.

This guidebook is intended for family leaders in the children’s mental health arena. Others may find the material useful, but will have to make adaptations for the language that is specific to children’s mental health.

“Evidence is Co-Pilot” was launched in 2009 as a Learning Collaborative webinar series, which culminated in the creation of this guidebook. In 2014, an updated Learning Collaborative series, including the revised guidebook, was presented.

We hope the contents will be useful both in workshop or training sessions as well as for those individuals trying to improve their personal knowledge and skills. We encourage use of any parts of this guidebook but request that you acknowledge and give credit to the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. We welcome feedback regarding this guidebook and are especially interested in learning how useful people may find it and what specific improvements should be made ffcmh@ffcmh.org.

One of the most important documents in our collection, this document created by the National Federation of Families outlines what family-driven care means

This fact sheet developed in 2008 has some pertinent facts on the prevalence and need for children's mental health services.

This glossary of terms includes many important words and ideas that are central to children's mental health services and systems of care

This document was developed by the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Fami-ly Mental Health (TA Partnership) through a contract from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Child, Adolescent and Family Branch (CAFB). The TA Partnership is a collaboration be-tween the American Institutes for Research® (AIR®) and the National Federation of Fami-lies for Children’s Mental Health (the National Federation).

Organizations created and run by parents and other family members dedicated to improv-ing the lives of children and youth with mental health needs have been a driving force in the United States for decades. As their ability to influence public policy, research, systems reform efforts, and public awareness has become increasingly evident, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) incorporated their role into the ten guiding principles of the SAMHSA’s systems of care concept and philosophy.

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