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Family-Run & Youth-Guided Organizations
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Rural Children's Initiative of West Texas

Mailing Address:
631 Broadway
Plainview, TX 79072

Phone: (806) 291-0388
Fax: (806) 291-4428

Contact Person: Kay Brotherton, Project Director or Michael Cox, Deputy Project Director


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

Population Served:
Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances

To cultivate a responsive community of care that inspires, supports, and enables all children and families to realize their potential to lead healthy, productive lives in their communities.

Our vision is a "harvest of hope and health for our children, families, and communities." The Rural Children's Initiative guided by a strong plan that all children, youth and families reach their fullest potential in a safe and nurturing environment and community.

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)
• 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
• Conduct social marketing

Organization type:
• A family-run or youth-guided organization with a current or past affiliation with a System of Care Community of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (i.e., CMHS System of Care grant site)

Region(s) served:
• Local

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