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    YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR SIXTH ANNUAL COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATION ON OCTOBER 28TH!

    What an amazing year Families as Allies has had in partnership with all of you! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    Since we last gathered for our 2018 Community Partnership Celebration, Families as Allies responded to over 215 families, conducted leadership training with 46 families and trained 310 providers in family-driven practice. We also produced two videos to increase awareness about early childhood mental health and the importance of partnering with families.

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    Katelyn Elizabeth Brown Talks About Children's Mental Health Awareness

    Earlier this year we had the good fortune to meet Katelyn Elizabeth Brown, an amazing young woman who is passionate about children's mental health. Katelyn is also this year's reigning Miss Natchez Trace, and recently was a top ten finalist in the Miss Mississippi pageant. Katelyn asked us how we could partner to help support families and children. That partnership resulted in the video that you are about to watch. We are so grateful to Katelyn. Please enjoy and share her moving story.

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    HATTIESBURG PARENTS AND PARENT PEER SUPPORT SPECIALISTS: DO YOU WANT TO USE YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS?

    Hattiesburg-LeadershipTraining-July19.jpgRegister today for our training in Hattiesburg on Tuesday, July 9th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. This 6-hour training was developed by Family Voices National Center for Family Professional Partnerships. If you are interested in this training you should register now as space is limited.

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    MERIDIAN PARENTS AND PARENT PEER SUPPORT SPECIALISTS: DO YOU WANT TO USE YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS?


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    Register today for our training in Meridian on Friday, July 12th, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. This 6-hour training was developed by Family Voices National Center for Family Professional Partnerships. If you are interested in this training you should register now as space is limited.

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    US DOJ vs. State of Mississippi: Adult Mental Health Trial Begins

    TCochran-US_courthouseCOJ.jpgThis week was the opening of the trial that is a result of the lawsuit the U.S. Department of Justice filed in 2016 against the state of Mississippi for violating Olmstead.

    Families as Allies will have staff members attending the trial, and we will be posting updates as well as providing links to news stories over the duration of the trial, which is expected to last 6 weeks. 

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    Advocacy Panel at NAMI MS State Conference

    advocacy_panel.jpgWe appreciate the National Alliance on Mental Illness Mississippi (NAMI MS) inviting us to be part of an advocacy panel during its annual conference last Friday, May 17.  (shown at right: Joy Hogge, Families as Allies; Ta'Shia Gordon, Mississippi Attorney General's office; and Zakiya Summers, ACLU of Mississippi)

    Our advocacy update included these areas:

    1. Support for families of young children –We continue to expand our work in this area and asked audience members to help us connect with families of young children who might benefit from this support or be willing to give us feedback about what would be most helpful to them.

    2. Parent to parent peer support – We shared that in addition to creating the curriculum for and training the trainers of parent peer support in the mental health system, we are developing continuing education and ongoing coaching for parent peer support specialists and also expanding this work to other child serving systems. We also are committed to supporting the young people who are developing youth peer support.  All of this work is based on a foundation of ensuring the system of care in Mississippi is family-driven.

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    Check Out The April 2019 Issue of The Ally Newsletter!

    april 19 newsletterCheck out the April issue of The Ally newsletter to learn all that's been going on in 2019 and catch up with the latest news. This issue has info about Families as Allies participating with Molina Health care at a community baby shower, our partnering with the Department of Mental Health on their System of Care Project, news on our recent certified peer support training, and a recent honor for Families as Allies executive director Joy Hogge from the Mississippi Business Journal. And some news about family partner Coreaner Price and the Mississippi Wraparound Institute. You can read the April 2019 issue of the newsletter here.

     

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    YOU'RE INVITED! JOIN US TOMORROW AT OUR NEW YEAR OPEN HOUSE

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    Please join with us in celebrating the New Year Thursday, January 17th, at our 5th annual Open House. We'll be looking for you from 4:30-7 PM. Come by and tell us what your hopes are for children and families this year, and tell us what you think we should be doing this year.

    And of course we'll have activities for children and teens. Catering is by Johnny T's Bistro. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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    WHERE:  840 East River Place
    Suite 500, Jackson, MS 39202

    For more information: 601-355-0915


    If you would like to read more about what we've been up to, here's a link to our latest newsletter.

     

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    Honoring President George H. W. Bush

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    Families as Allies joins the nation in honoring the life of President George Herbert Walker Bush. 

    President Bush’s signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law in 1990 is likely the single most important presidential action ever taken to support people with disabilities. It reflected what he knew: people with disabilities can live, work and thrive in their communities with the right kinds of support. He did not pity people with disabilities.  In fact, he worked side by side with them to pass the ADA.

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    GIVING TUESDAY: IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING

     

    Today is #Giving Tuesday. I hope that Monica's story and her experience with Families as Allies inspires you to give generously so that families across the state can support each other and work together on behalf of our children.

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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.