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Iowa Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

Mailing Address:
106 South Booth
Anamosa, IA 52205

Phone: 319-462-2187 Toll Free (888) 400-6302 (for families only)
Fax: (319) 462-6789

Contact Person: Lori Reynolds

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

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

Mission:
Our mission…..is to provide needed supports to families who have children with emotional, mental, social and/or behavior difficulties.

Description:
This mission will be accomplished by empowering families through: Information Dissemination Information and Referral Services Mentoring Advocacy Training Legislative Collaboration We believe that our mission promotes a family focused, family driven system that:  Includes families and professionals who are willing to dream and take risks to improve the quality of available service and support options.  Provides increased flexibility in policies and practices of the different systems that serve individuals and their families.  Acknowledges that families are experiencing normal reactions to their situations instead of being perceived as dysfunctional when they experience a serious lack of appropriate, accessible, and affordable services.  Provides entitlement to a range of support services that enable families to keep their children at home rather than place them in out of home programs.  Recognizes families as knowledgeable about and resources for their children.  Maintains the integrity of the family with family reunification the goal for most children placed outside the home.  Provides services or supports to families based on need rather than on the families’ ability to pay for them.

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 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
• Provide advocacy

Organization type:
• A statewide family-run organization

Region(s) served:
• Statewide

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