What it Means to Be a Black Male Leader in the Nonprofit Sector

George Stewart, chairman of the board for Families as Allies, talks about what it's like to be a black male leader in nonprofits.

Reviving the Interagency Coordinating Council for Children and Youth (ICCCY)

During our virtual open house, DMH Director Wendy Bailey, came on and said that she wanted to work with Families as Allies to revive ICCCY in Mississippi.

Child Find: When the School Tells Me My Child Needs a Mental Health Assessment or Treatment

Child Find means that school districts have an obligation to actively look for students who might have disabilities that affect their learning. Learn more here.

Virtual Family Support Meeting - Families as Allies - Feb. 11

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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Records and Record-Keeping (1 Hour Training) - Feb. 12

What records are important? What is FERPA? How do I request copies of my child's records? How do I stay organized? How long should it take to get the copies I requested? These are five commonly asked questions when parents get ready to attend IEP meetings. This presentation will provide answers and links to other resources.

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How Do I Know if My Child Needs Help and Where Do I Go if They Do? - Feb. 12

This webinar gives families practical information about childrens behavioral health and why its an important part of health. It also helps families know if their child might benefit from extra support and how to find the right kind of help if they would.

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Supportive Coaching for Parents Supporting Other Parents - Feb. 17

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

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What is a System of Care and What Does Wraparound Mean? - Feb. 19

The term 'System of Care' is often used to describe mental health approaches and is actually mandated in Mississippi state law. This webinar explains what system of care means and what families should be able to expect if that approach is offered to them.

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The Early Years: Building Blocks to a Successful Future - Feb. 25

Keynote Speaker: Libbie Sonnier, Ph.D.  

Libbie Sonnier is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children where she leverages her nearly 20-year career supporting young children and their families.

Mississippi Child Tele-Psychiatry Virtual Summit - Feb. 20

With webinars for Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Mental Health Advocates, Families, and Legislators. For more information or to register, email Ms. Gigi Holder gholder@umc.edu.

Black and African American Communities and Mental Health

Overall, mental health conditions occur in Black and African American (B/AA) people in America at about the same or less frequency than in White Americans. However, the historical Black and African American experience in America has and continues to be characterized by trauma and violence more often than for their White counterparts and impacts emotional and mental health of both youth and adults.

Is Remote Learning Causing A Mental Health Crisis Among Teens And Children?

Depression, anxiety, weight gain and even loss of toilet training are on the rise in kids as the pandemic drags on.

Mississippi State Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine Hesitancy Survey

The purpose of this survey is to help the Mississippi State Department of Health identify strategies and approaches to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mississippi.

Respite for Family Caregivers - Families as Allies

The Respite Voucher program is for Mississippi family members who provide unpaid care for a person in their family.