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The Federation on the Move
June 2022 Newsletter
NFF News and Highlights
The 2022 Annual Conference
We're excited to host this year's conference - "Families Can't Wait: Providing Essential Support for Today's Challenges and Tomorrow's Wellbeing" - in Oklahoma City, OK on November 3rd - 5th, 2022.

We invite you to connect and showcase your organization with our national audience by sponsoring and/or exhibiting. Hotel reservations can be made here. Our room block guarantees a reduced rate, and space is limited. We recommend making your reservations early.
Meet Our Opening Keynote Speaker
We're excited to announce Thursday's opening keynote speaker, Rwenshaun Miller. Mr. Miller is a practicing mental health counselor in Charlotte, North Carolina at his private practice, The Good Stress Company.

As an accomplished author, speaker, counselor, and consultant, Rwenshaun has dedicated his life to not only reshaping the negative connotations associated with mental health, but also directly impacting the lives of those living with mental health challenges. His life’s work is to uplift, empower, encourage, and teach others who live with mental health challenges how to “thrive” in their lives. Check out his TED Talk below titled "The Power of Embracing Labels to Address Mental Illness" and learn more about Rwenshaun on his website.
We're Hiring
Click here to read the job description and get details about how to apply for our Project Specialist position. Applications are due by June 15th.
Staff Changes
This month we say goodbye "sort of" to our friend and team member, Kelsey Engelbracht. After four and a half years with the NFF, Kelsey is returning to her previous work in education. Thankfully, she will continue to consult for us part-time. We wish her well in her new endeavor and look forward to her continued support of our work.
Pride Month
Stories of Pride celebrates all the stories of strength, resilience, and connection that shape LGBTQ young people’s sense of pride. Everyone’s story is different: pride can mean out and proud, questioning, or just beginning their journey. Watch The Trevor Project's powerful "Stories of Pride" video here.
NFSTAC News and Highlights
Get the Support You Need
The National Family Support Technical Assistance Center (NFSTAC) invites you to submit requests for technical assistance. NFSTAC is driven by the needs of families and the workforce that supports families. NFSTAC works for you.

NFSTAC provides education, training, and family support resources tailored specifically to families, the family peer workforce, communities, healthcare systems, clinicians and educators. Our network of partners and subject matter experts will work with you to help address your needs. Our technical assistance is always free and we're ready to assist you.
Upcoming Events
Family Connections - Tomorrow, June 2nd
  • Title: Families Managing System Navigation
  • Learn more and register here.

Monthly Webinar - Wednesday, June 22nd
  • Title: Digital Family and Youth Support
  • Learn more and register here.

Office Hour for Executive Directors & Family Leaders - Thursday, June 23rd
  • Title: Creating a LGBTQ+ Environment in the Workforce  
  • Learn more and register here.
Legislative and Advocacy Updates
Legislation to Know

The Legislation to Know Section of our website keeps you up to date on newly implemented and proposed legislation and policies that surround mental health. To learn about newly introduced bills, visit Legislation Family-Run Organizations Need to Know. Find a highlight below.
The bipartisan Strengthen Kids’ Mental Health Now Act (H.R.) aims to enhance support for pediatric mental health care within Medicaid, creates a program at HRSA to directly support the pediatric mental health workforce, and targets investments to bolster the continuum of care for kids’ mental health.

Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act (H.R.7666) was introduced on May 6th to reauthorize key Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) programs to address the national mental health and substance use disorder crises.
Remember the best way to stay up to the minute is to follow
Event Highlights
Below is a list of upcoming webinars and events that may be of interest to parents/caregivers, families and those who support them. Click the title of any event to learn more and/or to register.
Resource Highlights
Support for Children and Families Coping with Tragedy

This month, in lieu of our traditional resources, we've gathered a list of top resources to support families and children who are processing and coping with our country's recent tragedies. Our hearts are with the communities of Buffalo, NY and Uvalde, TX and with the families, loved ones, and friends of all those who lost their lives to gun violence in our country last month.