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

United Parents for Families in Crisis

Mailing Address:
5151 Verdugo Way, Ste. 204
Camarillo, CA 93012

Phone: (805) 384-1555
Fax: (805) 384-1080

Contact Person: Mary Ellen Collins


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

Population Served:
Serious Emotional Disturbances,Mental Health

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all children and youth with mental, emotional and behavioral challenges; to eliminate institutional discrimination and social stigma; and to promote the empowerment of families to meet the mental health needs of children.

We are a parent run organization that provides services such as respite, crisis prevention, parent training, youth leadership, educational advocacy, parent advocacy within public systems with professionals, providers, and administrators, education regarding legislation and public policy, Parent Partners for Wraparound, monthly support meetings, and a bi-monthly newsletter. Our Geographic Area of Focus includes all of California through the CFPA (California Family Partnership Assn.) and locally - Ventura and West LA Counties. We are a grass roots organization often overlooked statewide and nationally due to financial and technical struggles. Nontheless, we provide gap services for hundreds of families! We are also funded to provide respite and crisis prevention through a SAMHSA CMHS funded Statewide Family Network organization. We provide statewide services through the CFPA (California Family Partnership Association) and locally we serve Ventura and West LA counties.

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 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
• 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 social marketing

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

Region(s) served:
• Statewide
• Local

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