WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER
AND WORK TOGETHER
TO MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR OUR CHILDREN
We support each other and work together to make things better for
are the words
we use to describe the core work of Families as Allies. There is something so simple, yet profoundly powerful, about one parent helping another and t
hen all of those parents coming together to make things better for our children across systems in the state.
State systems have also recognized the importance of parent-to-parent support. The
Mississippi Department of Mental Health added parent peer support as a service in 2017 and the
Mississippi Department of Health has been piloting parent to parent support with families of children with special health care needs for the past two years. Families as Allies applauds both agencies for making this a priority, and we also appreciate the opportunity to train families from both agencies in how to do peer support.
I want to publicly thank the Mississippi Department of Mental Health for including me in its recent peer support strategic planning retreat. The group started some important conversations about how the Department could broaden its partnerships with consumer and family run organizations to deliver more, if not all, facets of peer support. I look forward to that conversation continuing.
We hope this newsletter conveys our commitment to parent-to-parent support and also how much we value each and every family and supporter of Families as Allies.
I hope to see all of you at our Open House on Tuesday, January 21st!