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.
The presentation summarized how, despite multiple legal and budget challenges in Mississippi, Families as Allies and the State negotiated a contract that both helped the State meet the demands on it and also allowed Families as Allies to build grassroots family support throughout the state. The presentation also discussed how family surveys, town hall meetings, training and mentoring of both families and providers were used to build up a grassroots network and also support family-driven system reform. Staff members Laura Smith and Nikki Flippins also presented at the conference.