The Federation of Families of SC is hiring new staff! Please click on each link to learn more. Please send all resumes to Belinda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 1-7, 2017 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 3rd. We hope you will join us in raising awareness around the importance of children’s mental health! CMHAW Rally Save the Date
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 “Messengers of Hope”. There will be a $100 prize for the winning art work, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. Submissions due March 24th! Click here to learn more!
From the National Health Law Program
By Jennifer Lav
Republican Senators Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Dean Heller (Nev.) and
Ron Johnson (Wis.) released a bill (hereinafter “Graham-Cassidy”) on Sept. 14 to repeal
the ACA and eliminate the current financing structure of Medicaid. This bill is extremely
similar to the failed Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA 2.0), but has the potential to
harm individuals with disabilities even more. This fact sheet addresses how the
Graham-Cassidy bill threatens to significantly reduce coverage for people with
disabilities, violate their right to live in the community, and undermine decades of state and federal initiatives to rebalance Medicaid spending towards community-based care.
Click here to continue reading this action alert!
National Wellness Week is September 10-16, 2017! This annual observation is a part of SAMHSA’s larger Wellness Initiative that helps raise awareness of the staggering health disparities among people with mental health challenges and/or substance use disorders and the general population. Research indicates that overall wellness is crucial in helping all individuals live a better quality of life but is even more important to those living in recovery or on the road to achieving recovery. This idea of overall wellness is outlined in SAMHSA’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness. These dimensions cover a range of key components that we need to nurture everyday in order to achieve a healthier and more resilient lifestyle and well-being.
Registration is now available for our upcoming Leadership Training Part 1 on Saturday September 30th in Marion County!
The Federation of Families of SC provides leadership training for parents and caregivers of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, substance use, or mental health challenges. Attendees are provided information on Family-Driven and Youth-Driven Support, enhancing their advocacy, communication, and listening skills; the importance of confidentiality; and linguistic and cultural competency. We provide on-going training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to empower you as you develop advocacy skills and prepare to serve on local, state, and national committees.
Criteria for Attendance:
1. Be a parent or primary caregiver* of a child with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs an/or a substance use disorder.
2. Be willing to share your lived experience.
3. Be willing to serve on committees to enhance services, promote awareness, and promote family perspectives.
*Primary caregiver (biological, adoptive, or foster parent or grandparent or other individual providing primary care to the child).
Click below to complete your registration today!