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The National Directory of
Family-Run & Youth-Guided Organizations
for Children’s Behavioral Health

Siouxland Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

Mailing Address:
705 Douglas St. Suite 208
Sioux City, IA 51101

Phone: (712) 635-0839
Fax: (712) 224-4530

Contact Person: David Gleisel, Executive Director


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

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

The Siouxland Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is a local family-run organization that serves to: Provide advocacy at the local, state, and national level for the rights of children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families. Provide leadership and technical assistance through a nation-wide network of family-run organizations. Collaborate with family-run and other child serving organizations to transform mental health care in Siouxland.

The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families.

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 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
• 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 quality monitoring and evaluation
• Provide advocacy
• Conduct research
• Conduct social marketing

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

Region(s) served:
• Statewide
• Local
• Regional

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