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

Voices 4 Families, Inc.

Mailing Address:
417 North Dewey
North Platte, NE 69101

Phone: 308-534-3304 866-275-3433
Fax: 308-534-3664

Contact Person: Ashley Pankonin-Executive Director


Web Site: http://www.v4f.us

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

To Empower Parents of Children with Disabilities and/or Special Healthcare Needs by Providing Families the Opportunity of Education, Support, and Advocacy for each other through Peer to Peer Support.

Families are the experts about their children’s needs and should be the main decision makers for their own children and families. By empowering families with information and resources, they can be successful in leading healthy normal lives. Families and children have the right to quality services delivered in their communities by culturally competent, respectful, client empowering agencies and organizations. Families who have children with similar experiences and diagnoses are the best support and mentors for one another. Voices 4 Families is located in North Platte, NE, serving families in 17 counties of West/Central Nebraska

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 contracted direct services (e.g., respite, care management)
• 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
• Participate in child serving system/system of care management meetings
• Provide advocacy

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:
• Statewide
• Local
• Regional
• National

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