Many good things happen when families unite.
We feel less alone.

Families often feel scared and all alone when their child has a mental health challenge.  Knowing that other families are dealing with the same thing can be encouraging and offer hope at a time that feels very scary and unsure.

We find support and ideas to help our children and ourselves.

Nobody knows better than someone else living this life everyday things what might help.  Families can share practical ideas and resources with each other and offer encouragement and stand with each other when things are difficult.  Families can also help each other understand and navigate systems and services that can seem confusing and overwhelming. 

We can make sure services and supports are responsive to our children.

Because no one is more invested in our children than we are, families typically are very interested in understanding and effectively using policies and laws to make sure our children have the same chances to succeed at home, school and in the community that other children do.  Families can help each other understand these laws and policies and how to overcome barriers when they arise.

We can work together to make policies, laws and systems work better for all children.

Our collective experiences and expertise as families can ensure that laws, policies and funding decisions are based on what will most help children.

Services and Systems function better and are more responsive to children.

Not only does a united family voice help families, it also helps make sure we use our dollars wisely , that systems are accountable and that the public has a better understanding of children’s mental health.

Family run organizations like Families as Allies allow families to support each other and also work together to make services and systems more responsive to all children.

Please take a few minutes to answer this survey about your experiences finding services for your child.  You will then be directed to a few more questions that will also give you the chance to tell us how you would like to join with Families as Allies and other families to make a difference for all of our children.  

Uniting with our fellow family, consumer and grassroots organizations makes our voices even stronger on behalf of our children.

Association of Mississippi Peer Support Specialists   Our Mission is to empower Peer Support Specialists, and to advance Peer Support in Mississippi. AMPSS offers support, advocacy and other benefits to our state's peer supporters, including those who are certified, non-certified and volunteers.

The ARC of Mississippi   The Arc of Mississippi was founded in 1961 and is an affiliate of The Arc of the United States, the world’s largest grassroots advocacy organization for citizens of all ages with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, and their families. Phone number: 1-800-717-1180.

Children’s Defense Fund – Southern Regional Office (CDF-SRO)    CDF-SRO raises awareness about the condition of children, connects children and families to programs and services that help meet their needs, and works with partners statewide to coordinate broad support and form policy solutions for legislative action on behalf of Mississippi children.  Three priorities of CDF-SRO that are particularly relevant to our Families as Allies Partnership with them are: 1) Protect every child from abuse and neglect and connect them to caring permanent families; 2) Provide high quality early childhood care and development programs for all children; and 3) Stop the criminalization of children at increasingly younger ages and invest in prevention and early intervention. 
Phone number: 601-321 1966.

Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities   The Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities (MSCCD) is a coalition of organizations and individuals who have joined to advocate for and promote the full and equal participation of all Mississippians with disabilities in all aspects of life Phone number: 601.969.0601.

Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS)   The mission of Disability Rights Mississippi is to promote, protect and advocate for the legal and human rights of all people with disabilities, and to assist them with full inclusion in home, community, education and employment. DRMS is the designated Protection and Advocacy entity for Mississippi and also can provide legal assistance with Exceptional Education issues.   Phone number: 800-772-4057.

Just Advocacy Mississippi (JAM)   Just Advocacy of Mississippi (JAM) is a voluntary organization that offers independent advocacy services, facilitated self-advocacy and resources for people with disabilities and families. We advocate for all people with disabilities regardless of the type of disability or the age of the person.  JAM provides email updates on national disability issues.
Phone number: 601.941.9388

LIFE (Living Independence for Everyone) of Mississippi   LIFE provides five core services of independent living to people with disabilities: Information and referral, peer support, advocacy, skills training and community transition.
Phone number: 1-800-748-9398.

Mississippi Center for Justice   The Center partners with national, regional and community organizations and volunteers to develop and implement campaigns that are creating better futures for low-wealth Mississippians and communities of color in the areas of educational opportunity, financial security, access to healthcare, affordable housing and community development.
Phone number: (601) 352-2269

National Alliance on Mental Illness Mississippi (NAMI MS)   NAMI MS was founded in 1989 by family members of individuals with serious mental illness. It is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy in Mississippi for individuals with mental illness and their family membersPlease visit the NAMI MS website to learn about the wide range of educational opportunities that are available. NAMI MS also provides services to adults living with mental illness and their families. Phone number: 1-800-357-0388.

Nollie Jenkins Family Center    The Mission of Nollie Jenkins Family Center is to advance the fundamental goal of empowering the citizens of the community by developing grassroots leaders and organizers through the building of strong community organizations as the essential means by which they are enabled to hold the political, educational, and environmental systems accountable to the needs and interests of the African-American community.  Nollie Jenkins Family Center offers assistance with school and special education issues in the Delta. Phone number1-662-834-0089.

Parents for Public Schools (Jackson)    BETTER SCHOOLS FOR A BETTER TOMORROW   Parents for Public Schools of Jackson brings together people of all races, classes and geographies to improve public education in Jackson, and has worked for over twenty years in the belief that the community and schools are forever intertwined.

Parents for Public Schools  (National) Parents For Public Schools help schools and parents build powerful alliances that improve results for schools and students.

Parent Training and Information Center  (PTI)   Information, resources, support and training that allows you to help your child meet his or her educational goals. PTI serves families of children with a wide range of disabilities, including autism and physical disabilities. PTI typically refers families of children with behavioral health challenges to Families as Allies.  We work very closely with PTI and strongly encourage you to visit the PTI website frequently and follow them on Facebook to receive up-to-date information about exceptional education and disability issues that affect childrenPhone number: 1-800-721-7255.

Parents United Together   For parents who have a child with a disability who receives special education to be empowered with information enabling them to make informed decisions.

Southern Echo   Southern Echo is a leadership development, education and training organization working to develop effective accountable grassroots leadership in the African-American communities in rural Mississippi and the surrounding region through comprehensive training and technical assistance programs.


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.