Regional Family Leadership and Support Initiative
Under the leadership of the Statewide Family Leadership Coordinator, and in collaboration with the Family Advocacy Communication and Education (FACE) Committee, the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP) has implemented a Family Leadership and Support Initiative across the state of Illinois to build the infrastructure necessary to assure coordination of current family support activities, increase awareness of available services and supports, and provide greater opportunities for family leadership. The statewide and regional family leadership and support coordinators are parents with lived experience and a shared passion to provide support and guidance through a united family voice for children’s mental health.
The mission of the Regional Family Leadership Initiative is the active engagement of parents and caregivers in all aspects of promoting their child’s optimal social and emotional development and overall mental health.
Services we provide:
- Regional parent/caregiver led R.E.S.T. groups that offer resources, education, support & training and the opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers who are or have experienced similar situations.
- Resources and support to parents, caregivers, and transitional age young adults to recognize and understand children’s mental health and/or navigate the complexities of the mental health system.
- Outreach and training to parents, caregivers and professionals to promote
family and youth guided leadership.
- Establish collaborations with multi-system local, regional, and state organizations, schools, and family/caregiver initiatives to improve the quality of and access to mental health programs, services and supports for families and children.
For more information about the family leadership and support initiative or if you would like assistance, please contact Chris Hendrix at 618-606-5328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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