The Ally
APRIL 2019
The Families As Allies Newsletter
 
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JPS SPRING PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT CONFERENCE
Thursday, April 25th  
from 5:30 to 8:30PM 
at 
Callaway High School,  601 Beasley Rd

We will have a table and also be presenting on how to tell if your child might need extra support with their behavior or feelings and where to get help if they do. 

Childcare and transportation will be provided.

Pre-registration forms are available at JPS Enochs Family Resource Center (601-960-8945), or at your child's school. You may also call the Office of Federal Programs (601-973-8683), or you can pre-register by visiting the
JPS website, www.jackson.k12.ms.us.

Parent Sessions
Summer Programs and Services (Vendors) 
Early Registration 2019-2020 School Year ( see JPS website for required documents)
Teacher Recruitment    Exhibitors
Food    Door Prizes   Free Summer Reading Books for Attendees
(parent registration required)
 
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ON THURSDAY, MAY 2
FROM 4:30-8:00 PM

We'll be partnering with over 20 other organizations as we kick off
May Is Children's Mental Health Month.

All families are welcome.

We are making a special effort to
reach families of young children.

Please also join us at the Jackson City Council Meeting at 10 AM on April 30 at the
Jackson City Hall (219 South President) for
Mayor Lumumba's Children's
Mental
Health Awareness Month Proclamation
 
 
 
DO YOU KNOW A
DISABILITY RIGHTS CHAMPION?

Nominate them for one of these awards and they will be recognized at the  Mississippi disABILITY Megaconference on June 13 and 14.

A nominee can be an individual, business, organization or agency residing or located in the state of Mississippi which has made sustained and significant efforts to ensure the rights of Mississippi's children with disabilities to a free, inclusive, appropriate public education are protected and advanced. They serve as an inspiration to others through their persistence to achieve excellence in education under IDEA law. Their efforts may have been as volunteers, self-advocates, or as part of their professional activities.

A nominee can be an individual, business, organization or agency residing or located in the state of Mississippi which has made sustained and significant efforts to obtain full accessibility, non-discrimination and civil rights for all people with disabilities in Mississippi as mandated by the ADA. They serve as an inspiration to others through their persistence to achieve excellence under ADA law. Their efforts may have been as volunteers, self-advocates, or as part of their professional activities.

 
April 25, 5:30 to 8:30 PM

April 30, 10 AM Jackson Mayor Antar Lumumba's Proclamation honoring Children's Mental Health Awareness Month, Jackson City Hall (219 South President St)

May 2nd, 10:00 AM to noon
Mental Health Planning Council, Mississippi State Hospital (This meeting is open to the public)



May 16 and 17:  NAMI State Conference 

May 18: Open Up MS Press Conference at Dr. Billy Kim International Center, Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree, Jackson, MS 39202)

May 30 - June 1:  AMPSS Peer Support Summit 


Hope to see all of you at all of these.  We are presenting at most of these events.  Look for our sessions! 

 
WRAPPING AROUND THE MISSISSIPPI WRAPAROUND INSTITUTE


We recently embedded one of our family partners, Coreaner Price,  into the Mississippi Wraparound Institute.  Coreaner is assisting with Wraparound training and giving feedback on how to ensure Wraparound stays family-driven.  She is also helping our staff better understand all of they ways Wraparound can be used to support families and children.

Feedback from trainees has been very positive so far.  We look forward to this partnership growing and leading to even more opportunities, including enhancing the curricula of both partners and the possibility of partnering on research about Wraparound.

FAMILIES: DO YOU HAVE IDEAS ABOUT WRAPAROUND?

We are doing several trainings with the Mississippi Wraparound Institute in May.  If your family has participated in Wraparound and you have feedback about what works well or how to make it work better, you are welcome to join this training.  If you just want to let us know your ideas, that's great too.  Contact us at 601-355-0915 or email info@faams.org for more details and to share your thoughts.  

 
 

MOLINA COMMUNITY
BABY SHOWER

On Thursday, March 21st we participated in Molina Healthcare's Community Baby Shower at the Jackson Medical Mall. The goal of the Molina event was to "provide expectant mothers and families with a wealth of knowledge and tools that they can use for a lifetime and share with other friends and family members".

More than 125 expectant or new mothers attended and approximately 300 people participated in the event, including moms, dads and grandparents. We were able to talk to many of them about what kind of support and information they would like to have as young parents and got their opinions about what outreach materials they thought would be most helpful.

Henry Moore, our director of family-driven practice, shared how Families as Allies partners with families of young children and demonstrated a developmental wheel that helps families know if their babies' development is on target. 

We appreciate Molina inviting us to participate in this well organized event, and we hope to continue the relationship with the moms, dads and caregivers we met there.
 
SYSTEM OF CARE PARTNERSHIPS WITH  THE DEPARTMENT OF
MENTAL HEALTH

We are delighted to be partnering with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health on its latest System of Care Project.  We will be supporting the project in being family-driven and providing ongoing technical assistance to providers and families in family-driven practice.  We recently kicked off the partnership by providing introductory training to sites in Meridian and Hattiesburg.


 

FAMILIES AS ALLIES
CONDUCTS CERTIFIED PARENT PEER SUPPORT TRAINING 



On March 21 and 22, we trained nine more parents to provide peer support to other parents.  We congratulate everyone who completed the training and look forward to continuing to support you!  We are excited to be updating the curriculum to be more comprehensive and offer ongoing support and coaching to parent peer support specialists throughout the state.
 
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOY HOGGE NAMED ONE OF MISSISSIPPI BUSINESS JOURNAL'S TOP 50 CEOS

Every year the Mississippi Business Journal names the top 50 CEOs in the state of Mississippi. This year our own executive director, Joy Hogge, was named to this prestigious list, joining 6 other women who were named to the list. 

Joy shared, " I was humbled and honored and also very surprised to receive this award.  It fills my heart with joy to do this work in partnership with families and so many wonderful people in the community every day.  I am touched and thrilled that it came to the attention of the Mississippi Business Journal.  It also means that world to me that such a prominent business leader recognized the importance of children's mental health."

The board and staff are incredibly proud of Joy's accomplishment, and thank the Mississippi Business Journal for their recognition of Joy's hard work and commitment to families. 
 
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