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ADVOCACY: HOW IS IT DONE? A TRAINING FOR PARENTS AND PROVIDERS

Come to our training on Dec. 3rd, 2016 to learn advocacy skills that will help you advocate for your child and family, gain an understanding of what services and supports are available that you can share with others in your community. Lunch will be provided, please register so that we will know how much food to order. 

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    IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING

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    In this video Grace and John Gallagher speak eloquently about finding Families as Allies, learning how to advocate for their child, and as a result of working with our organization being able to give back to their community by advocating with and for other families. They are an example of how we hope to impact and give back to communities all across the state.

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    FAMILIES AS ALLIES ATTENDS AND PRESENTS AT NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE IN PHOENIX

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    Executive Director Joy Hogge and other members of the Families as Allies staff attended and spoke at the National Federation of Families For Children's Mental Health conference in Phoenix this past weekend. Dr. Hogge and Family Partner Henry Moore gave a presentation titled: Using State Challenges to Create Opportunities for Family-Driven Reform. 

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    State responds to Justice Department Lawsuit

    State_response_to_DOJ-01.jpgOn October 11, 2016, the State, via Phelps Dunbar LLP, filed its response to the Justice Department's recent lawsuit alleging Mississippi discriminates against adults with mental illness by unlawfully segregating them in institutional settings. The State's response can be found here.

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    3rd Annual Community Partnership Celebration

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    This past Monday night Families as Allies held our third Community Partnership Celebration fundraiser at Bravo! Restaurant in Highland Village. We had a wonderful turnout and many generous sponsors who made contributions. In addition, Families as Allies presented some amazing and dedicated people with awards for their efforts in the past year.

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    Families - Make Your Voice Heard

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    Families - We want to hear from you!  Please take a few minutes to tell us what's happened when you have tried to find help for your child.  Your answers are anonymous and let us know the most important things to work on in the state.  After you finish the anonymous survey, you will be given the chance to join Families as Allies.  Membership is free and allows us to stay in touch with you about ways to network with other parents and work together to make things better for our children.  

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    WELCOME TO OUR NEW AND IMPROVED WEBSITE

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    Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of Families as Allies:

    Welcome to our new and improved website. We've worked very hard to make it a helpful tool for you. 

    The goal of this website is the same as the mission of our organization: to make sure families are partners in their children's care.  We hope that every family visiting the site finds helpful information for their own child and also ideas for how families can work together to make things better for ALL of our children.  We encourage families to take a few minute to join Families as Allies during their visit.  For our visitors who are not family members, we want this site to be a useful resource for you as you work with families and we all work together to improve our systems for our children.

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    COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISER

    bravocrop.jpgFamilies as Allies has touched the lives of many children and families over the past year because of your generous support. Join us on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:00 at Bravo Italian Restaurant and Bar for our third annual Community Partnership Celebration to honor this good work and make sure it continues.

    Please show your commitment to children by sponsoring the event at one of the following levels:
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    FAMILIES AS ALLIES HOSTS PARENTS MEETING IN TUPELO

    tupelo_townhall.jpgFamilies as Allies hosted their second Parents Meeting and Town Hall in Tupelo last Saturday, August 27th. It was facilitated by staff member Henry Moore, who discussed with those who attended how to organize a parent support group, and how to become an effective advocate for your child in the mental health and school systems. Angela Flemmings assisted Henry in organizing the event.

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    SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER RESPONDS TO CLARION LEDGER MOTION TO MAKE TAC ASSESSMENT PUBLIC

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    The Clarion Ledger recently asked the court to make public the mental health assessment done by the Technical Assistance Collaborative. Southern Poverty Law Center was involved in the Troupe v. Barbour litigation, and the subsequent failed negotiations for a settlement. Today, they filed their response to the Clarion Ledger's motion, saying that:

     

     

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    Justice Department Sues Mississippi for Discriminating Against Adults with Mental Illness

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    On August 11, 2016, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a claim against the state of Mississippi "alleging that it violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) by failing to provide adults with mental illness with necessary integrated, community-based mental health services."

    The DOJ had already conducted an investigation in December of 2011, which found that the state unnecessarily institutionalizes adults and children with disabilities and fails to ensure that they have access to necessary services and supports in the community. 

    While the suit acknowledges that the state recognizes its failures, it says that the state has not yet implemented the required reforms.

    If you would like to read the DOJ press release, click here.

Families as Allies is funded through generous donations, training fees, grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration, the City of Jackson and the Department of Mental Health, and contracts with other non-profits and agencies.