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

Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

Mailing Address:
1509 S Robert Street, Ste. 101
Boise , ID 83705

Phone: (208) 433-8845; or Toll-free (800) 905-3436
Fax: (208) 433 8337

Contact Person: Courtney Lester

Email:

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

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

Mission:
The Idaho Federation of Families works to develop a coalition of groups and individuals to educate policy makers, professional organizations, legislators, educators, and the public about the needs of children with emotional, behavioral, and mental disorders and their families. Fundamental to the Idaho Federation of Families is a focus on family participation and support. We believe that policies, legislation, funding and service systems must utilize the strengths of families by: Ensuring that families are equal partners in the planning and implementation of services; Viewing the child as a whole person rather than emphasizing the disability; Empowering families and children to make decisions about their lives, and; Encouraging innovative programming that increases options for service.

Description:
The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families.

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)
• 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 statewide family-run organization
• A local family-run chapter of a national or statewide 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)
• A statewide family-run chapter of a national organization

Region(s) served:
• Statewide

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