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Quick Guide for Self-Assessement of Family-Run Organizations in Systems of Care
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The National Directory of
Family-Run & Youth-Guided Organizations
for Children’s Behavioral Health

Virginia Federation of Families

Mailing Address:
3212 Cutshaw Avenue, Suite 315
Richmond, VA 23230

Phone: 804-257-5455; toll-free 866-798-2363
Fax: 804-257-5593

Contact Person: Vicki Hardy-Murrell


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

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

To educate, empower and advocate on behalf of individuals, communities and organizations to take ownership and responsibility for mental wellness.

MHAV advocates for public and private sector services and financing to ensure adequate and appropriate detection, treatment, housing, and rehabilitation programs. Teaming with consumers, families of consumers, mental health professionals, providers and the public we ensure that the members of the Virginia General Assembly and members of Virginia’s Congressional delegation are aware of the concerns and needs of people with mental illness.

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)
• Provide education to families or youth on issues of interest
• Provide training and presentations to system of care/child serving agencies or community
• Provide technical assistance (e.g., to other family or youth organizations, child serving agencies)
• 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
• Participate in child serving system/system of care management meetings
• Provide advocacy

Organization type:
• A statewide family-run organization

Region(s) served:
• Statewide

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