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NAMI Mississippi 2020 State Conference: Families as Allies on Friday

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The NAMI Mississippi 2020 State Conference is going on this week, virtually, with speakers every day. Sessions are recorded, so you can register at any time and access recordings of the sessions that have already taken place. You can view a full agenda here.

On Friday, June 12, Families as Allies will have two presenters—Henry Moore and Joy Hogge.

From 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Henry Moore will present “Supporting and Advocating with Families of Young Children.” This session will give an overview of some of the challenges families face when their very young (0-8) children start to show emotional and behavioral challenges, as well as practical approaches to supporting families in this situation. Barriers that make it hard for families to recognize challenges and find support will be discussed, along with ways to address these barriers in partnership with families. Ways that Families as Allies has used lessons learned to make its work more responsive to families of young children will also be addressed.

From 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Joy Hogge will present “ADA, Olmstead and EPSDT: What Do All These Things Mean to Me?” This presentation reviews how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Olmstead Supreme Court ruling support adults and children affected by mental illness to be able to live in the community. Relevant reform issues in Mississippi, as well as ways to work together to bring about the changes most important to service recipients and their families will be discussed. Additional support available to children receiving Medicaid will be discussed as well.

Learn more about the NAMI Mississippi 2020 conference here, which also offers Continuing Education credits for qualified professionals through the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.

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