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The Work of SAMHSA’s Statewide Family Networks in the Lives of Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance and their Families

August 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT

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A SAMHSA sponsored webinar.

The Statewide Family Network Program builds on the work of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services which helped to establish a child and family focus in programs serving children and adolescents with mental health challenges around the country. The purpose of this program is to enhance state capacity and infrastructure to better respond to the needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance and their families by providing information, referrals, and support to families who have a child with a mental health challenge, and to create a mechanism for families to participate in State and local mental health services planning and policy development. The Statewide Family Network program closely aligns with SAMHSA’s Recovery Support Strategic Initiative and funding is limited to family-controlled domestic public and private nonprofit organizations in states, territories, and Tribes. A family-controlled organization is an organization that has a board of directors made up of more than 50% family members who have primary daily responsibility for the raising of a child, youth, adolescent or young adult with a serious emotional disturbance up to age 18, or 21 if the adolescent is being served by an Individual Educational Plan (IEP), or age 26 if the young adult is being served by an Individual Service plan in transition to the adult mental health system. SAMHSA limits eligibility to family-controlled organizations to strengthen the capacity of families with children who have serious emotional disturbance to act as agents of transformation in influencing the type and amount of services provided to them and their children and to ensure their mental health care is family driven and youth guided.

Join this webinar for a panel discussion with the Executive Directors of three Statewide Family Networks and the Public Health Advisor with the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch who serves as the Project Officer.

This panel will explore:
1. The history of Statewide Family Networks
2. The role these networks play in the behavioral health systems in their states
3. The challenges and lessons learned as the Statewide Family Networks have evolved
4. The core components of effective Statewide Family Networks

• Elizabeth Sweet, M.Ed., Public Health Advisor, Child, Adolescent, and Family Branch, SAMHSA
• Joy Hogge, Ph.D., Executive Director, Families as Allies, Mississippi
• Michelle Heinen, B.S., Executive Director, Uplift Wyoming
• Sue Smith, Ph.D., Executive Director, Georgia Parent Support Network

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