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


Mailing Address:
115 Railway Ave Suite C-106 P.O. Box 1066
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Phone: 308-632-2051
Fax: 308-632-7243

Contact Person: Mandee Walter Executive Director


Web Site: http://www.speakoutfamilyorg.com

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

By providing advocacy, support and education to parents and children, SPEAK OUT is able to empower confidence in a family's ability to meet challenges presented by mental health, emotional dispute, and/or substance abuse that threaten the stability of family relationships. The mission of SPEAK OUT is to promote families as the most important voice in their children's lives. We believe that families are the experts about their own children's needs and should be the key determining representation for their own children and family. By empowering families with information and resources they can, and will, be successful in leading healthy lives. Families and children have the right to quality services delivered by culturally competent, respectful, client-empowering agencies and organizations within their community. Families who have children with similar experiences and needs are the best support and mentors for one another. We seek to nurture and respect the unique culture of each family in their home and their community and to encourage families and communities to build mutually empowering relationships.

Our goals are to assist parents in forming community-based support groups, in which they can share problems, exchange ideas and receive information. To advocate in the public forum for comprehensive, coordinated, community based, family centered mental health services for children and youth. To exchange information on medical and research findings, available social services, education, legal and public policy issues. To foster a collaborative working relationship between parents and the professionals working with children and their families. To increase awareness and decrease the stigma of our children's special problems and needs. Develop training, educational programs, and educational materials for families, professionals and communities. To build and strengthen our current programs.

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)
• Provide training and presentations to system of care/child serving agencies or community
• 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
• Conduct research

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

Region(s) served:
• Local
• Regional
• Tribal Nations

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