With Love, Gratitude and Respect to Tessie

Tessie Schweitzer, founder of Families as Allies, passed away on October 6, 2020. Our hearts are broken at the loss.

A Sweet Farewell to Sheldon Smith

We bid Sheldon Smith a sweet farewell as he's taken a new position in Washington, D.C. He's been with us since January 2016.

Save The Date: Join Us At Our 7th Annual Virtual Community Partnership Celebration!

This year the annual Community Partnership Celebration will be held virtually, honoring good work on behalf of families.

Tell Us What You Think and Receive a Gift Card in Appreciation

We have two ways you can help Families as Allies serve childhood healthcare needs - a survey and focus groups.

Watch our Facebook Live Recording from September

We present a special Facebook Live in every month that has a fifth Wednesday. In September, we discussed funding and policy issues.

Mississippi State Personnel Board Meeting - Oct. 15 @ 10 a.m.

At this meeting, the Mississippi State Personnel Board is expected to discuss the hiring of the coordinator of mental health accessibility.

Virtual Family Support Meeting - Oct. 15 @ noon

Family support meeting for parents or caregivers raising a child to check in with each other, discuss problems and concerns, and support one another.

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Families as Allies Board Quarterly Board Meeting - Oct. 15 @ 6:00 p.m.

Quarterly board meeting of the board of Families as Allies. All meetings are open to the public and include time for public comments. Public comments can also be emailed to [email protected] or faxed to 601-355-0919.

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Learning at Home: Antecedents and Triggers - Oct. 15 @ noon

Presented by: Brittany Herrington, PhD, Early Learning and SCD Specialist, REACH MS. During this month's meeting, we will discuss what antecedents to behavior are. Participants will be given a walk through on how to identify triggers to negative emotions and inappropriate behavior, tips on ways to prevent these antecedents/triggers, and ways to calm.

MSPTI Parent Advisory Council: What's That? - Oct. 19 @ noon

MSPTI is creating a statewide parent advisory council to allow parents the opportunity to share what works and what doesn't work.

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Coaching and Support - Monthly Session - Oct 21 @ noon

Monthly meeting and online gathering to coach and support parents who are helping other parents in any system.

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Mississippi Department of Mental Health Peer Support Training - Nov. 16-20

This training includes a track facilitated by Families as Allies for parents who want to do peer support for other parents.

NAMI National Convention | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Attend NAMI's National Convention to learn about the latest developments in research and connect with others.

Final 2020 Sample Ballot

Election Day is November 3. We encourage everyone to vote and go to the polls informed on candidates and issues. Here is a sample ballot. Families as Allies does not take stances on candidates or issues that are not directly related to our mission.