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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.

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    FREDLA BOARD MEMBERS MEET WITH SAMHSA

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    It was great to join other family leaders from the Family Run Executive Director's Leadership Association FREDLA) to meet with the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Kana Enomoto (via phone) and Larke Huang, advisor to Kana on children's mental health issues, to discuss the critical role of family-run organizations in systems of care for children's mental health. The focus of the discussion was on the following points: a) Using SAMHSA's influential role in promoting and supporting family-run organizations in the states, b) Increasing the number of statewide family network grants and, c) Changing the language of "Serious Emotionally Disturbed" to less stigmatizing language.

    Please take a minute to learn more about FREDLA and its vital work here.

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    MISSISSIPPI DisABILITY MEGACONFERENCE

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    This year Families as Allies was a proud sponsor of the DisABILITY MegaConference.  Our own Nikki Flippins' presentation on how families can be a partner in their children's care was well received.

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    CONGRATULATIONS TO FAMILIES AS ALLIES BOARD PRESIDENT CARLYN HICKS

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    Join us in a round of applause for our board member and newly elected board president, Carlyn Hicks. Hicks, a 2010 graduate of Mississippi College School of Law, was recently appointed chair to the Child Welfare and Child Advocacy Committee of the Mississippi Bar.  

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    BLACK LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS HEARINGS ON HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH

    Joyblkldrshiphearing6-16.jpgOn June 8th, 2016, I was invited to testify by the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus. Dr. Mary Currier from the Department of Health and Diana Mikula of the Department of Mental Health were also invited to testify at the caucus' hearing on the budget cuts for those departments. The DMH budget information presented was incomplete; it did not address the existing public health crisis or the pending and impending litigation we face. These were my remarks and testimony.

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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.