June 2017
Federation in Action 
Family Engagement in
Evaluation Toolkit        
The Federation is working with WestStat to create a Family Engagement in Evaluation Kit. How have you engaged families successfully in evaluation? We need your expertise. 
Message from Executive Director, Lynda Gargan

As summer begins, we begin to plan long-awaited vacations and our thoughts turn from politics to beaches. We want to be an integral part of your summer by keeping you up to date on what’s going on in DC, in your state, and in your community. We want to be your go-to resource for family issues. Please take a minute and let us know how we can best meet your needs.


National Conference
The only national conference dedicated solely to issues that impact children, youth and young adults with behavioral health challenges and their families.  Our conference focus is inclusive of children and youth who experience complex diagnostic challenges.


Gary M. Blau - the Chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services. In this role he provides national leadership for children’s mental health and for creating “systems of care” across the country. 

Mike Veny - one of America's leading mental health speakers and a   high energy drum circle facilitator



NOVEMBER 9 - 12,


Federation Welcomes New Affiliates
Their mission is uniting Washington State family leaders in behavioral health care to strengthen children, youth, families and community partnerships.  They are comprised of  22 member organizations of varying sizes.
Champions for Children's Mental Health is located in Lincoln, Delaware, Their primary activity right now, is recruiting and training the first certified Family Support Providers in Delaware. Their goal is to serve as an axis point for current and emerging leadership, training, resources, and targeted technical assistance within the mental health environment. Family Partners serve children working with Delaware's Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health
who are Medicaid eligible.
Nick Dellerba led One Voice as part of the Federation in the 90's.He is rejoining the Federation to lead the development of a state chapter in Ohio. Nick and his wife Elizabeth bring their experience with both developmental and mental health disabilities as they work with families in Ohio. Their mission is to help individuals with developmental disabilities or with developmental disabilities and mental health issues obtain little things that aren't covered by any other service and what they may not be able to afford due to income. 
Federation Highlights the Work of
Dennis D. Embry, Ph.D
"Early Universal, Public-Health Prevention and Treatment of  Psychiatric  Disorders: The Scientific and Practical Reality is Here Now.”  
Was presented as a SAMHSA sponsored webinar developed under contract by the NFFCMH on July 29th. The webinar included short video segments from mental health leaders who are actual users and beneficiaries. The goal of the webinar was to inform mental health directors and providers of a proven cost-effective strategy for early-prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Dennis is President/senior scientist of PAXIS Institute; and Board of Directors, National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health; Scientific Advisor, Children’s Mental Health Network

Upcoming Webinars
"Strong Families"
Thursday, July 6th
10:00 AM MDT
Presented by Maureen Durning

All families have strengths.  At the same time, all families face challenges, and worry about what is best for their children.  Learn to recognize and build the five factors that protect you from being overwhelmed by stress, and help your children to thrive.

Unite to Protect Behavioral Health: Advocacy Webinar Series
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 3:00 PM
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 3:00 PM
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 3:00 PM
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 3:00 PM
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 3:00 PM

With numerous emerging threats to Medicaid and behavioral health services, the National Council will hold biweekly policy webinars to update our members on the latest news and advocacy opportunities out of Washington. They monitor and update on issues that matter most, including: the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, proposed reforms to Medicaid and details on government spending for behavioral health care programs.


Explore the toolbox below and discover user-friendly ways to schedule your child’s day, record your child’s meals, track games and activities, log medications, and share emergency contact information.

We hope the interactive planner makes your hectic life just a little bit easier.

Get Connected with SAMHSA Mobile Apps - KnowBullying, Suicide Safe, Talk They Hear You
Redesigned, refreshed, reorganized, and full of new resources, the Parent Center Hub 2.0 is meant for you. Visit, explore, find great resources to use in supporting families and youth 
New CDC resource can help states and communities prevent youth violence
CDC’s new resource, A Comprehensive Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Behaviors, outlines science-based strategies states and communities can use to stop and prevent youth violence including bullying.
The guides collected here cover a broad range of topics, from the basics on children's mental health and learning disorders to advice for parents handling common challenges. Parents Guide to Getting Good Care offers step-by-step assistance to parents trying to get help for children, whatever the problem, from how to decide whether your child needs to see a professional to how to know if the treatment you’re getting is appropriate. We hope these guides help you understand what’s happening with your child and give you the essentials you need to make informed choices.
Funding Opportunities

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is seeking proposals from  communities interested in implementing Evidence2Success, a framework that brings public system and resident leaders together to improve child well-being. 
Application Deadline: Aug. 4, 2017
Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator Model to Promote Early Access, Engagement and Coordination of Needed Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents. The NIH is seeking applicants to develop and test navigator models' ability to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents.  
Application Deadline: Jan. 7, 2018

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is accepting applications for pilot studies on the effectiveness and implementation of family navigator models designed to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems.  

Application Deadline: Jan. 7, 2018