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Family-Run & Youth-Guided Organizations
for Children’s Behavioral Health

Indiana Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (IFFCMH)

Mailing Address:
2205 Costello Dr.
Anderson, IN 46011

Phone: (866) 247-8457
Fax: (765) 622-0643

Contact Person: Brenda Hamilton, Executive Director


Web Site: http://www.indianafamilies.org

Population Served:
Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances,Mental Illness/Mental Health

The mission of IFFCMH is to create and grow networks of support, education, intervention, leadership and advocacy, thereby empowering parents to facilitate positive growth and development for their child with mental health needs while also creating and maintaining a positive family environment for all family members. The IFFCMH adheres to the following guiding principles for its everyday operations: Children and adolescents with a mental health need are people first, and come from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, with a variety of strengths and needs. Family members must always be viewed as the experts regarding their child, or adolescents welfare since they have a 24 hour, seven day a week, lifelong responsibility and experience. Families and professionals must respect the individuality, rights, and strengths of children and adolescents who have mental health needs. Services provided for children and adolescents with mental health needs must emphasize identifying the strengths of the child and family. Services must be affordable, accessible, available, and appropriate. Families have many ways of adapting to the needs of their children. Families are a source of stength for their children. Services to the child and family must be individualized to meet their unique needs. Continuous training and collaboration between families and professionals allows barriers to be knocked down and allows for a better understanding of each other's roles and experiences. Families and professionals must dare to hope and dream about what might be for a child or adolescent with mental health needs.

Indiana Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (IFFCMH)is a statewide chapter of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health.

Organization role:
• Provide family to family or youth to youth support on an individual family or youth level (e.g., peer-to-peer, family support partners, parent navigators)
• Sponsor/run support groups for families or youth
• Provide education to families or youth on issues of interest
• Provide training and mentoring of family members or youth (e.g., to assume leadership roles, act as provider)
• Provide training and presentations to system of care/child serving agencies or community
• Recruit family members or youth for positions within child serving agencies
• Organize conferences
• Participate in child serving system/system of care policy-making and leadership groups
• Provide quality monitoring and evaluation
• Provide advocacy

Organization type:
• A local family-run chapter of a national or statewide organization

Region(s) served:
• Statewide

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