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

Allies with Families

Mailing Address:
505 East 200 South, Suite 25
Salt Lake City, UT 84102-2075

Phone: (801) 433-2595 or toll free (877) 477-0764

Contact Person: Lori Cerar


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

Population Served:
Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances

Empowering families with Voice, Access and Ownership through Education, Advocacy and Training.

Allies with Families, the Utah Chapter of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, was created in 1991 to offer practical support and resources for parents/caregivers and their children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health needs. Allies provides the following to families: basic diagnosis information in the form of parent packets; Operation Familie'sTogether, a wellness program that includes From Hope to Recovery, Sibshops, Kid Power, and Childcare; one on one advocacy for successful access to services; and, community trainings for families and professionals on the impact of mental illness in the family and leadership skills. Allies with Families also partners with community agencies to provide Family Resource Facilitators who are trained to provide resources and wraparound facilitation to families who have children with complex needs.

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

Region(s) served:
• Statewide

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