Arizona is in the beginning stages of a significant paradigm shift to integrated health care. The service delivery model in Arizona has shifted significantly as of October 1, 2018 when all Medicaid contractors were required to integrate physical and behavioral health services together to treat all aspects of members’ health care needs under a chosen health plan. Family Involvement Center (FIC) seeks to strengthen its’ ability to lead Arizona’s Family Run Organizations (FRO’s) in ensuring family, youth, and parent voices are included in the development of children’s mental health service planning and policy development during this time of major transformation. The Arizona Family Integrated Health Network (AFIHN), will increase our capacity to further recruit, train, and mobilize diverse parent, youth, and young adults from around the state to provide mutual aid and to participate in state policy boards and advocacy events. FIC will work to achieve the following goals and objectives: Goal 1: Strengthen infrastructure and organizational leadership within Arizona’s Family Run Organizations (FRO) in order to establish and sustain a robust statewide network of family and youth leaders. Family Involvement Center will cultivate a strong statewide family network infrastructure that will include three regional Family Voice Coordinators, a statewide Network Leadership Team, FRO partners, and a cadre of statewide parent, youth, and young adult leaders with “lived experiences” within the integrated health system. Goal 2: Increase the capacity of the seven Arizona Complete Care Health Plans to ensure parent/family caregiver and youth voices are valued as participants in state and local mental health services planning and policy development. FIC will formalize written agreements with the health plans within each region, provide technical assistance to health plan administrators regarding participation of parents and youth in providing input and feedback about service and system planning, and facilitate monthly opportunities for parents and youth to work effectively with policy makers and service providers that support the health needs of children and youth with SED. Goal 3: Cultivate networking and leadership skills and capacity among families and youth through targeted regional and statewide development opportunities. FIC will increase the number of consumer/family members involved in ongoing mental health-related planning and advocacy by 50% each year in each of 3 regions. FIC will ensure that prevention and behavioral health workshops and trainings are available to families within at least five counties each year. Networking and/or social inclusion opportunities will be hosted in each region at least monthly. FIC will increase the number of opportunities to activate the AFIHN in responding to policy, legislative and systems transformation efforts by 50% each year.

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SM082047-01 FAMILY INVOLVEMENT CENTER, INC. PHOENIX AZ KALLAL JANE $94,244

Family Network on Disabilities is submitting an application to fund the United Families for Children's Mental Health Statewide Family Network (UFCMH SFN), funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goals of the Statewide Family Network program are to: strengthen organizational leadership and management skills; foster leadership skills among families of children and youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED); work effectively with policy makers and service providers that support the needs of children and youth with SED; and promote peer support and social inclusion of families with children and youth with SED. The program is designed to ensure that families are the catalysts for transforming the mental health and related systems in Florida by strengthening coalitions among family organizations and between family members, policymakers, and service providers, and recognizing that family members can be effective change agents. FND's goals and objectives for this project include: (1) Develop a strong network of family and organizational leaders with management capacity targeted at responding to the varied and unique needs of children and youth with SED and their families: (2) Increase family and organization partnerships and collaboration within and across the system with policy makers and service providers that will resul in responsive support to the needs of children and youth with SED and their families and ensure their participation and input into state and local mental health services planning and policy development: (3) Increase public awareness of the inherent value and worth of individuals with SED and their families thus increasing social inclusion and reducing stigma, bias and bullying behaviors that interfrere with the utilization of newworks of services and supports to families and their children: (4) Increase family capacity to access nental health services and utilize supports in their community resulting in informed decision-making on behalf of their children and youth. FND has extensive and long standing partnerships with state agencies (including the Department of Health and the Department of Education), organizations, and individuals across Florida and we will continue to include them as partners throughout the life of the grant.

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SM082017-01 FAMILY NETWORK ON DISABILITIES OF FLORIDA, INC. DUNEDIN FL WELLS JANELL $95,000

Georgia Parent Support Network, Georgia's Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, has 26 active Federalization Chapters and four active Youth M.O.V.E. Chapters. Currently chapters are in the most urban areas of Georgia. The goal of this project is to expand to serve the rural areas of the state. This will be accomplished by networking in local communities with existing collaboratives and developing partnerships with local families and youth. The outcome of this project is to have 32 Federation Chapters and 10 Youth M.O.V.E. Chapters statewide.

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SM082010-01 GEORGIA PARENT SUPPORT NETWORK, INC. ATLANTA GA SMITH SUE $94,437

Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (IFF) is undertaking a 3-year project called Mental Health Transformation Through Family and Youth Participation in System Planning and Policy Development in 2019. IFF will bring family and youth voice to Idaho's mental health system of care with a focus on improving access and supports for under-served families. This project will be statewide and provide family and youth feedback to the development of improved mental health services across all geographic regions of Idaho. We plan to focus our impact on the 45-55% of the total estimated population of 37,000 youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) who we expect will seek mental health services in Idaho over the next 3 years. Factoring in Idaho's recent expansion of Medicaid, we are estimating this project will significantly impact 16,550-20,350 youth and their families. We have the potential to impact all youth with SED through the awareness and educational efforts we will undertake statewide. Idaho is a frontier state with an average population of 19 people per square mile. The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has designated the state of Idaho as a Health Provider Shortage Area (HPSA). That shortage is quite severe for mental health care providers statewide, especially child psychiatrists (21 per 100,000 youth). Idaho has inadequate access to mental care for many Idaho children, as well as too few family and youth supports. IFF will create opportunities for families and youth to participate in system planning through a variety of work groups that have been established as part of Idaho's new mental health system of care, YES (Youth Empowerment Services). Our primary goal is to integrate the unique cultures of Idaho communities into the development and implementation of mental health services, family and youth supports, and mental health educational offerings. IFF will bring family and youth feedback to Idaho's mental health provider shortage and the high incidence of SEDs in rural areas. We will have a Needs Analysis performed statewide to identify unique community demographics and cultural needs that will be shared with Idaho policy makers, YES system stakeholders and all Idaho mental health service and support providers to assure the needs of under-served populations will be met. IFF will partner with peer support training company Path to Prime, LLC to create a Family Peer Support Partners (FPSP) Program in Idaho. Family Peer Support is a billable service in Idaho. IFF successfully created a curriculum and trained 90 FPSPs until funding was pulled by our state in 2015. It is critical that Idaho train more FPSPs, supervisors to support and advise them, and support both FPSPs and supervisors with continuing education and work force opportunities. Our partnership with Path to Prime will train 35 FPSPs per year for the next 3 years at a minimum. We will enhance Idaho's workforce by focusing our recruitment of families of trainees from under-served areas and assure skilled FPSPs are certified to support Idaho families of youth with SED.

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SM082014-01 IDAHO FEDERATION OF FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH BOISE ID DIXON CAROL $94,982

The Youth and Family Peer Support Alliance (YFPSA) is a non-profit family-run organization serving the East Central Illinois community. YFPSA offers a range of supportive services to families of children and youth who are experiencing mental health and/or serious emotional challenges across multiple child serving agencies. To date, YFPSA has provided peer support and training and technical assistance to an estimated 2,000 family members throughout all five (5) DHS service regions in Illinois. YFPSA has actively worked with key stakeholders, and has come to represent a unified voice of families of children and youth with a range of mental health challenges who live in Illinois. The goals and objectives of The Alliance 2.0 are aligned with an urgent need for the development of a family-driven sustainable infrastructure to address the dynamic needs of children and youth with social and emotional disorders throughout the state of Illinois. The accomplishments of said goals will provide better coordinated care and continue to build on the systems of care values of being family-driven, youth-guided, culturally and linguistically competent, and trauma-informed. Through this funding opportunity YFPSA will be able to implement The Alliance 2.0 which will continue its expansion throughout the state, and expand its reach to families in rural and remote areas as well as to veteran families throughout Illinois The specific goals of The Alliance 2.0 include: A) increase the capacity of family members to provide parental peer support to other families of children and youth with serious emotional disorders (SED) throughout Illinois B) promote parental involvement/family voice in collaborations between family members, policy makers, service providers, and systems of care throughout the state of Illinois who support the needs of children and youth with SED C) promote parent peer support relevant for veteran families throughout Illinois with children and youth with SED D) educate stakeholders about the lived experiences of family members, and children and youth with serious emotional disorders (SED). To achieve said goals the Alliance 2.0 will offer web-based training and technical assistance, host an annual statewide conference with family members, parent professionals and stakeholders, and prioritize the needs of veteran families and families in rural areas. The Alliance 2.0 intends to serve at least 800 people annually through our various activities, and at least 3000 throughout the lifetime of the project.

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SM082055-01 YOUTH AND FAMILY PEER SUPPORT ALLIANCE RANTOUL IL CRIDER REGINA $94,740

Kansas STARS will serve statewide approximately 72,000 Kansas children (25% of the state population are children under 18). The National Institutes for Health estimates 49.5 % may have some form of mental disorder and 22.2% may have severe impairments which may be categorized as a serious emotional disability (SED). Project STARS targets specifically adolescents who have attempted or are at high risk for suicide completion. Project STARS will 1) Strengthen Keys for Networking leadership and management skills to partner with Headquarters, Inc. (the statewide nonprofit operating the national suicide prevention lifeline to develop a youth-driven call center/text line; 2) Foster leadership skills among families of children and youth with SED to participate in youth suicide prevention efforts; 3) Work effectively with decision makers to propel youth suicide prevention to state priority; 4) Promote peer support and social inclusion of families with children and youth with SED in youth suicide prevention. Objectives include finalizing MOA with Headquarters Inc. to promote the state Youth Advisory Council, secure volunteer counselors; develop the structure, policies for the Council; host meetings of the Council to inform the development of the crisis/text line; incorporate youth governance into existing board structure and by-laws. recruit youth and parents to serve on state committee to plan, provide, and evaluate the STARS Suicide Prevention effort; survey national family organizations and System of Care sites to locate effective training; adapt best fit trainings to increase engagement and leadership skills of Kansas youth and parents; secure opportunities for youth and their parents to serve; sustain those connections; convene a social marketing committee composed of policy makers, providers, parents and youth who represent youth suicide survivors and their families, define primary audiences to elevate youth suicide prevention to a state priority; create messaging unique to the interests, concerns of primary audience, identify channels to reach the primary audiences, secure and/or creating materials, activities, events to carry culturally sensitive messages; identify competencies needed to deliver youth peer support to teens/young adults with emphasis on suicide prevention; survey national youth peer groups for curriculum to train; adapting curricula to promote youth peer support for suicide; develop/adopt certification requirements for Kansas State Medicaid Plan; and host conferences for 100+youth, parents to promote youth suicide prevention.

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SM082042-01 KEYS FOR NETWORKING, INC. TOPEKA KS ADAMS JANE $95,000

The Association for Children’s Mental Health (ACMH) through statewide peer support, advocacy and education, will empower families raising children and youth with serious emotional disturbance with the skills, abilities and knowledge needed to navigate their child and family’s service experience, use their voice to inform and influence key decision makers, and be active participants in policy level decisions that will affect all children and families throughout MI. Goals and objectives of the proposed project include: 1. Expanding access to quality formal and informal family peer support across Michigan. 2. Increasing the number of family leaders throughout Michigan. 3. Strengthening the capacity, organizational leadership and skills of ACMH and community partners to support additional families through family driven youth guided supports and services. 4. Work effectively with key decision/policy makers, service providers and community partners to enhance mental health services, supports, systems and policies and outcomes. 5. Increase public awareness of children’s mental health, the needs and issues of children with SED and their families, and initiatives and policies that support positive outcomes. The landscape in Michigan is rapidly changing and now, more than ever, there is a need for strong, informed family and youth voice to inform and shape those changes. Michigan is in last place in the country in special education and the needs of children and youth with SED are are often not met at school; emergency room stays for youth in need of psychiatric hospitalization can reach 14 days before a bed can be secured and decisions are being made at a legislative level about the integration of behavioral and physical health needs without a discussion of family-driven youth-guided care. This proposal seeks to expand the number of Parent and Youth Peer Support Service providers, as well as, the number of communities offering this Medicaid service in an effort to empower youth and family voice in plans of service and to create culture shift within the public mental health system. Goals are included to inform and partner with school, juvenile justice and child welfare systems through shared partnerships with family leaders and using family-driven/youth-guided policy and practices. ACMH will also train 250 parents/youth and professionals each year; Empowering over 750 family/community leaders by grant end. As our healthcare system and public mental health structure shifts across Michigan, it is more critical than ever for families and youth to have access to reliable information to make informed decisions about their care. Family and youth perspective and first-hand knowledge of mental health service delivery systems must be heard to ensure our re-designed structures, policies and services are family driven, youth guided, culturally respectful and relevant. ACMH partnerships across key state departments, the MI Legislature and multiple collaborative groups/advocacy coalitions will prove beneficial as we identify how best to assist children/youth with serious mental health needs and their families in this new frontier.

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SM082013-01 ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH LANSING MI SHANK JANE $95,000

PACER CENTER'S MINNESOTA STATEWIDE FAMILY NETWORK (MSFN) PROJECT - ABSTRACT -PACER’s MSFN will have a significant impact on the state’s mental health systems by increasing families’ capacity to participate in policy development and services planning. PACER will develop parent and youth leaders, inform policymakers about the service gaps experienced by families, and educate the public about the issues faced by children and youth ages birth-26 with mental health challenges. -PACER’s MSFN Goals and Objectives are: Goal 1. Transform Minnesota’s mental health and related systems by increasing leadership capacity of families, youth, and family organizations. Obj. 1.1. Develop new family leaders. Obj. 1.2. Strength youth’s capacity to participate in policy development. Obj. 1.3. Support connections with local family organizations. Goal 2. Improve services for children and youth with serious emotional disturbance by providing information and support to at least 1,500 families and professionals. Obj. 2.1. Increase families’ and professionals’ knowledge through individual assistance. Obj. 2.2. Conduct trainings and presentations. Goal 3: Increase awareness of issues impacting children and youth with serious emotional disturbance by policymakers, state agencies, service providers, and the general public. Obj. 3.1. Participate in collaborative meetings with policy makers and service providers. Obj. 3.2. Develop and disseminate information. Goal 4. Conduct thorough evaluation to ensure project is achieving desired objectives and measure impact of project activities. Obj. 4.1. Collect data and review regularly. Obj. 4.2. Measure outcomes of project activities. -PACER will utilize the following strategies and interventions to achieve the MSFN’s project objectives: Hold family leadership summit; Provide peer mentorship trainings; Develop strong youth board; Create technical assistance resources for family organizations; Provide individual assistance, support, and policy information to families; Conduct workshops for families and professionals; Advocate for improved policies at state legislature; Participate in stakeholder meetings with state education and mental health agencies; Develop new written and video resources for families and professionals; and Disseminate information through electronic and print newsletters. Project activities will reach culturally and racially diverse families and others who are traditionally underserved. -PACER’s MSFN project will serve approximately 1,500 family members and professionals annually and 4,500 total over the lifetime of the project. Thousands more will be reached through information dissemination and outreach. PACER looks forward to continuing its strong history of partnering with policymakers and supporting families to improve the state’s services for children and youth with SED and their families.

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SM082052-01 PACER CENTER, INC. MINNEAPOLIS MN GOLDBERG PAULA $95,000

North Dakota Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health Statewide Family Network Program (NDFFCMH Statewide Family Network) NDFFCMH Statewide Family Network Program will strengthen organizational relationships, foster leadership and business management skills among family members of children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental disorders and identify and address the technical assistance needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental disorders and their families. To achieve this goal, NDFFCMH Statewide Family Network Program will assist children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health disorders and their family members throughout North Dakota to work with policy makers and service providers to improve services for children and youth with emotional behavioral and mental disorders and their families. NDFFCMH Statewide Family Network is designed to ensure that children, youth and families are the catalyst for transformation of mental health and related systems in North Dakota by strengthening coalitions among children, youth and family members and between children, youth and family members, policymakers and service providers by recognizing that children, youth and family members are the best and most effective change agents. NDFFCMH Statewide Family Network Program will work in collaboration with Youth MOVE BeyoND, Mental Health America of North Dakota, Consumer Family Network, Mental Health Advocacy Network, North Dakota Cares, Behavioral Health Division, North Dakota Department of Human Services, Division of Children & Family Services, North Dakota Department of Human Services, Special Education, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and the Division of Juvenile Services, North Dakota Department of Corrections along with other various stakeholders to assist in the continuous quality improvement (CQI) process for the children's system of care by ensuring the mental health system is responsive to the needs of families.

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SM082029-01 NORTH DAKOTA FEDERATION OF FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH BISMARCK ND MCCLEARY CARLOTTA $95,000

PROJECT ABSTRACT Families CARE and Nebraska Family Run Organizations (FRON) will enhance family-driven and youth-guided systems in Nebraska by enriching workforce capacity and promoting family voice within the Family Peer Support infrastructure. This proposed system-nurtured infrastructure will focus on the improved quality of Family Peer Support while enhancing the overall capacity to respond to the special needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances and their families. Families CARE will leverage state and community partnerships to expand the Family Peer Support workforce, directly impacting approximately 30 peer support specialists, 3,000 families, and 6,000 children/youth in Nebraska who struggle with SED. Families CARE and the network of family-run organization will assist, empower, and position parents and their children/adolescents to find strength in themselves, in each other, and in their community partners, and to then utilize their momentum to make continued gains in the areas of being heard, receiving needed services, and supporting each other. This purpose statement reflects the highest level of outcome that will be achieved through this project, keeping in mind the desired goals that are repeated below for demonstration of detailed objectives and measures. The proposed approach builds upon the strengths that we have as families, youth, and family organizations by equipping us with additional tools and resources to develop both our collective and individual voices, and shaping the paradigms of Systems of Care partners to hear our voices the way we need to be heard. Strategic Approach: This proposal utilizes the existing network of family-run organizations with goals and strategies developed to enhance state capacity and infrastructure, sustainability of family run organizations, and building parent leadership potential and skills with children/youth with serious emotional disturbances statewide. Goals include further development of Parent Leadership skills, utilizing the Parent Leadership Academy Curriculum, developed for Nebraska parents, by Nebraska parents. Social inclusion of youth and families is also part of Goal 1. Another goal is to strengthen the Family Run Organizations in Nebraska through building on the Coaching and Supervision model developed by the Family Run Organizations, continued certification efforts, and work on sustainability planning, including marketing products developed by the Family Run Organizations and parents in Nebraska to benefit other families and youth. Families CARE will utilize the skills and expertise of the existing affiliate network to enhance service and supports for families, as well as the structural environment of the workforce that supports the ongoing success of advocacy in Nebraska.

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SM082027-01 FAMILIES CARE, INC. KEARNEY NE BENNETTS KARLA $95,000

NAMI New Hampshire (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is applying for a Statewide Family Network Grant to continue cultivating and developing robust and resilient family and youth leadership who will work as full partners in transforming and strengthening the infrastructure of New Hampshire’s children’s behavioral health system. Population to be served: The project will serve parents/caregivers of children/youth/young adults with serious emotional disturbance (SED), as well as youth/young adults living with SED up to age 26, if they are transitioning to an individual service plan (ISP) in the adult mental health system. Activities will be designed to empower youth and families as effective change agents who can act as catalysts to transform the mental health system, as well as strengthen partnerships with policymakers, service providers, and family organizations. Consistent with U.S. Census data, approximately 90% of participants will be Caucasian, 4% Latino and the remainder will represent various ethnicities and races, including individuals who are resettled refugees. Nearly 4.5% will identify as LGBTQ+. Strategies: 1. Train and support families and youth in advocacy and outreach, fostering leadership skills to help them work effectively with policymakers and service providers to ensure the implementation of family-driven, youth-guided plans for a system of care; 2. Strengthen family leadership with peer support and social inclusion opportunities to enhance the statewide workforce; and 3. Utilize the voices of family and youth leadership to expand advocacy and outreach. All strategies are designed to support and advance the NH Children’s Behavioral Health Strategic Plan, the CMHI-funded System of Care, and NH’s draft 10-Year Plan for Mental Health Services, which includes children and youth for the first time. Goal: Project members, including families and youth, will create self-sufficient, empowered networks of leaders who will support, educate, and inspire their peers to be active participants in transforming New Hampshire’s mental health system. Measurable objectives: 1. Offer a selection of workshops, classes, and opportunities for participation in conferences/conventions to develop leadership among youth and families. 2. Provide training/certification/evaluation for family members to become Family Peer Support Specialists; and 3. Inform and enhance advocacy efforts and public awareness by sharing stories and experiences. Number to be served: The project will serve approximately 480 individuals each year, for nearly 1,400 individuals served over the 3-year grant period. Of these, nearly 500 will be youth and families who will participate in trainings, workshops and awareness events. Approximately 20 FPSS will provide services to families with a child with SED.

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SM082053-01 NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS CONCORD NH NORTON KENNETH $94,958

Families ASAP (FASAP) serves as the family organization for the State of New Mexico for children and youth living with serious emotional disorders (SED). Our organization serves as a safety net as we provide support, education, referrals, training, and one to one assistance for families. We work with a broad network of mental health providers and other systems including health, education and juvenile justice, to seek the best outcomes for our youth and families. In 2018, New Mexico was ranked 50th in childhood well-being b the Annie E. Casey Foundation and New Mexico Voices for Children, their State partner. Access to quality children's mental health services is a key area of need throughout the State. From June 2016 to December 2018, FASAP completed 224 intakes for families requesting support with the various systems impacting their children living with SED. Of the 224 children, 37% were between the ages of 3-9; 25%, 10-12; 21%, 13-15; 12%, 16-18; 2%, 19-21; 70% were male; 25% were female, and 2%, gender was not provided; 75% of the families spoke English, and 25% spoke Spanish only; 74% were Hispanic/Latino; 20% were Caucasian; 1% were African American; 3% identified as Mixed. This grant will enhance the capacity of infrastructure of FASAP to continue to be responsive to the diverse individual needs of families impacted by SED. We continue to build a mechanism for families to participate in State and local mental health service planning and policy development. The goals of this proposal are to (1) Strengthen network organizational leadership and management skills, (@) Foster leadership skills among families of children and youth with SED, (3) Work Effectively with policy makers and service providers that support the needs of children and youth with SED, and (4) Promote peer support and social inclusion of families and adolescents with SED. FASAP staff are certified as family peer support workers, credentialed through the New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavior Health Professionals, and are able to conduct training for this sector of the workforce. We provide family engagement training for provider staff in multiple agencies and will continue that effort. We partner with State and community agencies to support service needs, collaborate with organizations that provide assistance to people living with behavioral health challenges, and disseminate information to family members and providers. We maintain a family-operated 1-800 warm line, and demonstrate how data-informed, quality improvement and cultural competency strategies can reduce disparities in access, service use, and outcomes.

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SM082056-01 FAMILIES ASAP ALBUQUERQUE NM ROACH DELFINA $95,000

Nevada PEP, a family-driven nonprofit, supports the Statewide Family Network working to enhance state capacity to meet the needs of children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families by providing mechanisms for participation in the planning and development of the System of Care for children's mental health. By strengthening the knowledge and engagement of families and family coalitions they become catalysts for family-driven systems change.

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SM082009-01 NEVADA P E P, INC. LAS VEGAS NV TAYCHER KAREN $95,000

OFSN will enhance state capacity and infrastructure to better respond to the needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED) by focusing its infrastructure development efforts in rural and other diverse communities where there is a current lack of significant and meaningful family involvement at the service, program and systems levels. OFSN's strategies will include expanding suicide prevention, awareness, prevention and postvention trainings and support to families; 2) developing a Communications Plan, along with workforce development and and training to support knowledge of real life context of families raising a child experiencing SED - audiences will include pediatricians and other licensed medical staff, family support workforce (outside of OFSN), and families who are not currently being reached in OFSN service delivery programs, & 3) expanding opportunities and improve experience of Latino families by engaging and developing inclusive strategies to bring this unique voice into service and program planning at SOC governance structure.

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SM082024-01 OREGON FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK, INC. Salem OR BUMPUS SANDY $95,000

NAMI Virginia’s Virginia Family Network and Youth MOVE Virginia project will serve families with children and youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) throughout the Commonwealth. The goals of this project are (1) to educate and connect families of children with SED to build and sustain a statewide support network, and (2) to educate policymakers, stakeholders and providers on topics surrounding family-driven care and the benefits of Systems of Care principles. Through this project, we will serve 4,300 Virginia parents, caregivers, children and youth of all demographic groups each year, for an estimated 12,900 individuals served during the three-year grant term. In order to achieve project goals, each year of the grant period, we will provide one parent institute, two advance parent leadership trainings, one advanced youth leadership training, one advanced parent education class and at least one parent/caregiver introductory workshop in each region of the state. Further, each year, we will ensure that a minimum of two in-person and one statewide online monthly support groups are available, we will maintain a website and 1-800 number; develop one new fact sheet, one translation of a fact sheet into Spanish; hold quarterly technical assistance calls and webinars for family support partners, and regularly funnel information and opportunities to a network of trained parent and youth leaders available to serve on various committees. In addition, twice during the grant period, a parent or youth policy survey will be conducted, and we will attend conferences focused on family-driven care to facilitate discussion or staff a resource table when possible.

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SM082021-01 NAMI-VIRGINIA RICHMOND VA MAY LAURA $95,000

The Vermont Statewide Family Network Project will work to meet the needs of Vermont families of children, youth, and young adults with serious emotional disturbance (SED) by providing them with information, referrals, and support to get the help and services they need. First, the number of parent support providers in the state will be increased so that all Vermont families with children and your with SED have access to peer support, including those in groups that experience behavioral health disparities (e.g., low income, racial/ethnic minority groups, LGBT populations). In addition, this project will increase family voice and empowerment by collaborating with family organizations, policy makers, and service providers to provide families and youth with the information, skills, and opportunities needed to participate in state and local mental health services planning and policy development. By giving families a voice and primary decision making role and input into services and policy decisions Vermont's mental health systems will become more family driven. This in turn will transform the mental health system to be better able to provide appropriate services to families of children, youth and young adults with SED. The specific project goals are 1. Strengthen network organization leadership and management skills. 2. Foster leadership skills among families of children, youth and young adults with serious emotional disturbance. 3. Work effectively with policy makers, service providers, and other organizations that support the needs of children and youth with SED. 4. Promote peer support and social inclusion for families with children, youth, and young adults with SED.

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SM082022-01 VERMONT FEDERATION OF FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH WILLISTON VT CYNTHIA TABOR $95,000

Wisconsin Family Ties' Statewide Family Network application includes a set of interrelated activities designed to (a) strengthen the knowledge of Wisconsin families that include children with SED, (b) increase the capacity of families to participate in defining, developing, improving, and sustaining Wisconsin's children's mental health and related systems, and (c) enhance the leadership skills of families through mentoring and training opportunities.

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SM082035-01 WISCONSIN FAMILY TIES, INC. MADISON WI DAVIS HUGH $95,000

ABSTRACT UPLIFT FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM UPLIFT, a non-profit family-controlled organization in Wyoming will use grant program funding to strengthen their organizational infrastructure through enhancing leadership and management skills, fostering leadership skills among families of children and youth with SED across the state, working effectively with policy makers and service providers that support the needs of children and youth with SED, and promoting the peer support and social inclusion of families with children and youth with SED. It is critical that the organization’s infrastructure be strengthened to ensure continuation of support and advocacy services to some of Wyoming’s most needy families – those struggling to support their children’s mental health needs. As UPLIFT’s family network is enhanced, individual children, youth, and families will be positively impacted as they access beneficial services and supports and expand their skills with increased opportunities to provide a strong youth and family voice for their individual care needs as well as in system transformation efforts. Some of the key activities of this proposal include: • Partnering with local family organizations, to provide workshops addressing children and youth with SED, • Supporting the development of parent/family support providers, including training and certification. UPLIFT will partner with Magellan, Wyoming’s Care Management Entity, to train and coach Family Support Partners to actively participate on High Fidelity Wraparound plan of care teams • Attending and participating in local, state, and/or national meetings and conferences to provide information about mental health issues affecting children and youth with SED and to provide input and feedback about service and system planning, and • Providing information about children and youth with SED to the public via electronic newsletters and through relationships with local family organizations. Information will also be provided through UPLIFT’s Facebook page and their revised website. Through further development of UPLIFT’s Family Support Program and a more stable infrastructure, ten (10) family members representing the family organization will be involved in ongoing mental health-related planning and advocacy activities annually (30 over the life of the grant). Twenty (20) individuals in the mental health and related workforce will be trained in mental health-related practices and activities annually (60 over the life of the grant). Forty (40) individuals will receive training in prevention or mental health promotion annually (120 over the life of the grant). UPLIFT will provide at least two hundred (300) incidences of one-on-one support and advocacy to improve services for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families each year of this grant. Also, by the end of year three, UPLIFT will credential or re-credential a total of twenty (20) Family Peer Support Partners.

Award Number Grantee Organization Name Grantee City Grantee Statesort descending Project Director Last Name Project Director First Name Award Amount
SM082012-01 UPLIFT CHEYENNE WY HEINEN MICHELLE $95,000