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

Families United Network

Mailing Address:
60 Academy Rd.
Albany, NY 12208

Phone: (518) 426-2619
Fax: (518) 447-5234

Contact Person: Joan Valery

Email:

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

Mission:
To be a family driven organization that supports and mobilizes families raising children with emotional/behavioral problems and the school and community agencies that serve them by providing training, education, and advocacy and fostering systems change.

Description:
We are a local chapter of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health and we serve Albany County, New York. We offer both parent and youth support groups.

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
• 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 social marketing

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

Region(s) served:
• Local

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