What's happing in the next few months
FYI Coffee Chat:
Youth Peer Support and Family Support Partners- Success and Challenges

3rd Wed of the month
August 17th at noon (MST)

We want your input on support services.
FYI Complex Diagnosis

1st Tuesday of the month
canceled in August

This group will support parents who have a youth who has both mental health diagnosis and a developmentally disability.
The complexities of
Residential Treatment

2nd and 4th Tues of the month
August 9th at noon (MST)
August 23rd at noon (MST)

So many parents have identified this need that we are moving this to twice a month group! Please take the time to register for both days

This group will support parents who have a youth transitioning to residential care OR home.
All parents welcome who need support about residential care.
Save the date: September 7th at noon (MST)
FYI CANS conversation with
families and experts

September 7th at noon

Do you have questions about the complexity of the CANS assessment? Do you wonder how the strengths and needs of your family are used for treatment planning?

Join Dr. April Fernando and Kim Hokanson in this conversation format educational event.
Youth MOVE Idaho
Are you interested in using your experience to help others?
Becoming a Family Support Partner might be for you!

A Family Support Partner (FSP) assists other parents and caregivers who are raising children with mental health concerns. They are able to do this in a unique way that is different from traditional professionals because they have walked the walk. In other words, they have lived experience raising a child with mental illness and have navigated various child-serving systems, such as, education, children's mental health, and juvenile corrections. They have been there, done that and they understand. To become a CFSP in Idaho, a qualified adult begins by attending and participating in CFSP Training, successfully completing an exam and satisfying the required number of supervised hours of paid or volunteer work.

Learn more about the application process and September training dates on the Family Support Partners & Training, LLC website.
Parents of youth with teens with developmental disability services

Big changes are coming to the adult DD services program in Idaho Medicaid. Are you or someone you know in the children’s DD services program now? If so, the changes to the adult program will probably affect you one day. If you or your loved one might enter the adult program in the next three years, the changes will have an especially big impact on you. 

A class action lawsuit, called K.W. v. Armstrong, requires Idaho Medicaid to make the adult DD program more fair. Idaho Medicaid is working now to comply with the court’s orders in the K.W. lawsuit. 

The lawyers in the lawsuit represent everyone in the adult DD program and anyone applying to the adult program. The K.W.  lawyers need your feedback right now. Most of all, they need feedback from people in the children’s program who might apply to the adult program between now and 2025. 

Want to learn more about the adult DD program and the changes coming to it? Want to help the K.W. lawyers make the adult program more fair? You can join one of two online meetings: 
Friday, August 5 (8/5/22) at 2:30 pm MT / 1:30 pm PT (until 4 pm MT / 3 pm PT) 
Tuesday, August 9 (8/9/22) at 6 pm MT / 5 pm PT (until 7:30 pm MT / 6:30 pm PT) 
If you want to attend, please email K.W. lawyer Ritchie Eppink at reppink@acluidaho.org . If you cannot attend but want to learn more and give feedback one-on-one, please email Ritchie as well. 
Learn more about the K.W. lawsuit at www.ourhealthandwelfare.org. 
Visit Treasure Valley Children's Relief Nursery on Facebook to register online.
Register at 208-345-3344 Ext. 1015
The only national conference dedicated solely to supporting families whose children - of any age -
experience mental health and/or substance use challenges during their lifetime.