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

The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH)

Mailing Address:
9605 Medical Center Dr, Ste. 280
Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: (240) 403-1901
Fax: (240) 403-1909

Contact Person: Sandra A. Spencer, Executive Director


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

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

In support of this vision, the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health serves, with humility and determination, to provide and sustain leadership for a broad and deep nation-wide network of family-run organizations. We harness the passion and we honor the cultural diversity of our national membership and help focus it as a potent force for change in behalf of children with mental health needs and their families. We are passionate advocates at the national level for the rights of these children and families. We are equally passionate in transferring our insights and experiences to statewide family organizations, local chapters, and other family-run organizations so that skillful and effective advocacy can occur at state and local levels as well. We extend a lifeline to this network so that our partner organizations might draw strength from us and, in turn, better respond to the needs of families requiring guidance, training, support, and personal advocacy. Through our evolving relationships with these organizations, we jointly discover and share new models, new technologies, new tools, and new visions that enrich the capacities of our partners, strengthen our network, and allow us to serve with pride in this leadership role.

We offer support, education, training and technical assistance to youth, families and all child serving agencies.

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)
• 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 quality monitoring and evaluation
• Provide advocacy
• Conduct research
• Conduct social marketing

Organization type:
• A national family-run organization
• 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
• National

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