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for Children’s Behavioral Health

Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership Family Leadership and Support Initiative

Mailing Address:
208 S. LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: 618-606-5328

Contact Person: Chris Hendrix

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

Population Served:

Population Other:
'Parents, Caregivers and Family Members of Children and Adolescents

The active engagement of parents and caregivers in all aspects of promoting children's optimal social and emotional development and overall mental health.

Facilitate parent/caregiver led R.E.S.T. (resources, empowerment, support and training groups). Provide advicacy, education, training and awareness. Collaborate with multi-agency and multi-system networks to improve the quality of child and adolescent mental health. Provide state, regional and community resources and information.

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
• Provide technical assistance (e.g., to other family or youth organizations, 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 social marketing

Organization type:
• A statewide family-run organization
• 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

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