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The Federation of Families of SC is hiring new staff! Please click on each link to learn more. Please send all resumes to jenah.cason@fedfamsc.org.

Regional Positions
Regional Youth Specialists (3 positions- Charleston, Florence and Greenville-one per region)

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Check out these events!

May 1-7, 2016 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week!

The Federation of Families of SC will be holding its annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Rally at the Capitol (North steps) at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 4th. We hope you will join us in raising awareness around the importance of children’s mental health! Get the flyer.

Awareness Week Poster Art Contest 

Every year, an art contest is held to select art work for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Poster. This year’s theme is “I Matter; You Matter.” There will be a $100 prize for the winning art work, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. Submissions due April 8th! Learn more about how to enter.


Living Better Today for a Brighter Tomorrow  

The Federation’s annual family and youth conference will be April 15th-16th at White Oak Conference Center. A limited number of scholarships are still available. Read the criteria to attend.

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Bill of Rights for Children’s Mental Health Disorders and their Families

The children’s mental health coalition has created a Bill of Rights for Children with Mental Health Disorders and their Families. The coalition includes the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the Autism Society of America (ASA), the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF), Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (FFCMH), Mental Health America (MHA), and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The Bill of Rights was created because of the inconsistency of accessible mental healthcare services throughout the country.

The Bill of Rights:

1. Treatment must be family- driven and child-focused. Families and youth, (when appropriate), must have a primary decision-making role in their treatment.

2. Children should receive care in home and community-based settings as close to home as possible.

3. Mental health services are an integral part of a child’s overall healthcare. Insurance companies must not discriminate against children with mental illnesses by imposing financial burdens and barriers to treatment, such as differential deductibles, co-pays, annual or lifetime caps, or arbitrary limits on access to medically necessary inpatient and/or outpatient services.

4. Children should receive care from highly- qualified professionals who are acting in the best interest of the child and family, with appropriate informed consent.

5. Parents and children are entitled to as much information as possible about the risks and benefits of all treatment options, including anticipated outcomes.

6. Children receiving medications for mental disorders should be monitored appropriately to optimize the benefit and reduce any risks or potential side effects which may be associated with such treatments.

7. Children and their families should have access to a comprehensive continuum of care, based on their needs, including a full range of psychosocial, behavioral, pharmacological, and educational services, regardless of the cost.

8. Children should receive treatment within a coordinated system of care where all agencies (e.g., health, mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and schools, etc.) delivering services work together to support recovery and optimize treatment outcome.

9. Children and families are entitled to an increased investment in high-quality research on the origin, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood disorders.

10. Children and families need and deserve access to mental health professionals with appropriate training and experience.  Primary care professionals providing mental health services must have access to consultation and referral resources from qualified mental health professionals.

Please note: This Bill of Rights is not a legal document. A violation of these Rights does not necessarily indicate illegal activity.

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SAMHSA and Children’s Mental Health Awareness

Communities across the country, as well as national collaborating organizations and federal partners, are busy planning Awareness Day activities that will take place throughout the month of May. To support their efforts, SAMHSA will host the Awareness Day 2016 national event on May 5 in Washington, DC.

This year’s national theme, “Finding Help, Finding Hope,” explores strategies for improving access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults with mental and substance use disorders and their families.

The national event will be an interactive panel discussion taking place at 7 p.m. EDT at the Jack Morton Auditorium at The George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs. The event will be available for viewing via live webcast. Expert panelists will share how everyone can make a difference in improving access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults. The panelists will reflect different voices and perspectives within a typical community, including youth and family leaders, educators, law enforcement officials, and behavioral health professionals. Members of the in-person audience, as well as those watching the live webcast, will have the opportunity to ask questions and share insights via social media, email, and other digital platforms.

Communities nationwide also can participate in the national event by:

  • Organizing a viewing event. Gather a group to watch the live webcast and email or tweet questions to the live panel. Use #HeroesofHope to join the online discussion.  RSVP for the live webcast at:  https://nvite.com/HeroesOfHope/ae59 . Through text messaging, small groups can receive discussion questions to lead them through a conversation about mental health.

Click here for more information about SAMHSA’s Awareness Day event.

Also, SAMHSA is teaming up with Creating Community Solutions for a National Day to Text, Talk, Act! Text 89800 to join the conversation about improving access to mental health services and supports.

Let your voice be heard!


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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Activity Book

This activity book is created for those under the age of six.  Our national office has put together different activities with an overarching Awareness Week theme so that even the youngest in our community can benefit from positive messages about children’s mental health.

To download the Children’s Activity Workbook, click here.

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