How do I get started?
Families As Allies is ready to work with you and your family and assist you in finding support and services for your children and yourselves. Because we know, as you do, that children's health matters.
Our services and programs are monitored and certified by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health as well as the federal government. All of our services are free of charge and we maintain complete confidentiality for you and your child.
There are several ways to become involved with Families as Allies:
- Call us at 601-355-0915 or 1-800-833-9671. Our phones are answered by family members who can share resources with you and lend a listening ear.
- Visit one of our family network meetings. These groups meet monthly in Jackson, Vicksburg and Gulfport and we are forming more in other parts of the state. Groups usually include an educational component of that group's choosing plus the opportunity to informally share thoughts and information. For more information contact Coreaner Price at 601-325-0342.
- Attend one of our family events. Our next scheduled event will be December 7, 2013 and will focus on Exceptional Education services in the Jackson Public School System and how families can work together to insure the services are as accountable and effective as possible.
- Join our Statewide Family Network. Anyone who is the parent or caretaker of a child with a serious emotional or behavioral challenge is welcome to join. Becoming a member of our organization ensures you will receive notices about events and opportunities for training and support. Members who wish to pay dues are also able to vote on Families as Allies Board Matters and Policy Initiatives.
- If you are having issues with your child's school, please go to our Resources page and you can also look at our Current Issues page, which we update regularly with items of interest to families. Many of the parents who contact us do so because of school issues. Many of these links are related to commonly faced issues. This link from the Mississippi Parent Training and Information Center explains the steps to get an assessment for Exceptional Education Services.