Hiring in Charleston!!

Please see the announcement below and contact Belinda Pearson-Barber at belinda.pearson@fedfamsc.org or 866-779-0402. Continue reading

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Job Opening at Federation of Families of SC

Part time position available for parents raising (or having raised) a child with behavioral health needs.

The Federation of Families of SC is seeking a parent who has had the primary caregiver experience in raising a child with behavioral health needs. Please see the description below, if you meet the criteria and are interested please contact me via e-mail regarding your interest and background. jenah.cason@fedfamsc.org.

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National Survey Dispels Notion that Social Phobia is the Same as Shyness

Normal human shyness is not being confused with the psychiatric anxiety disorder known as social phobia, according to an NIMH survey comparing the prevalence rates of the two among U.S. youth. The study was published online ahead of print October 17, 2011, in the journal Pediatrics.


Social phobia is a disabling anxiety disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social or performance situations. Critics of the diagnosis have suggested that psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies publicize social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, in order to increase sales of psychotropic medications, especially among youth. In addition, some have debated whether social phobia is just a “medicalization” of a normal variation in human temperament.

In response, Marcy Burstein, Ph.D., and colleagues at NIMH examined the rate of normal shyness among youth and its overlap with social phobia using data from the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A), a nationally representative, face-to-face survey of more than 10,000 teens aged 13-18 sponsored by NIMH. Social phobia was assessed using standard diagnostic criteria set by the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV). To assess shyness, teens were asked to rate how shy they felt around peers that they did not know well. Continue reading

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South Carolina Receives $2.8 Million to Improve Children’s Mental Health

Grant funds new system of care to improve behavioral health services for children and youth

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) was awarded a four-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement the Palmetto Coordinated System of Care (PCSC). This statewide collaborative implements innovative best practices in care for children and youth with behavioral health needs in South Carolina.

Led by state agencies, family service-organizations and parents of children and youth with behavioral health needs, the PCSC champions the national best practice “wraparound” care planning approach where a broad array of services are coordinated across agencies with integrated care planning and management. PCSC is designed to eliminate barriers to services, increase affordability and cost-effectiveness of services and involve families and local providers in decision making for service planning.

“This system of care grant is an important step forward for the thousands of families in South Carolina who have children with behavioral health needs.  Often parents struggle alone in fear and desperation as they search for services and providers who very often are not available or accessible to them,” said Sherry Larson, a family representative on the PCSC Leadership Team, with first-hand experience navigating the current system. “Having a coordinated, evidence-based system for children and youth is the most effective way to meet the needs and will be a tremendous help for families.” Continue reading

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We Need to Hear from All Parents and Caregivers on Mental Health Treatments


The most important people in the life of children are the parents. Parents play an important role in securing the safety and welfare of their children. This often includes seeking good medical treatment. In the world of medicine, parents are given countless treatment options to combat illnesses ranging from the common cold to severe chronic illnesses. We want to know  if this holds true in the mental health treatment field. 


The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (FFCMH), together with the REACH Institute, would like to know more about your experience as the parent of a child who has received mental health services. We want to know if you are given a full range of treatment options and if you know what type of treatment your child is receiving.


Please take 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey. We will use the information we gather to develop strategies for helping families get the best mental health treatment for their children. We believe that parents need to be fully informed about the type of treatment their child is receiving so that they can make informed decisions on the effectiveness of that treatment.


To complete the survey, just click on the link below:




Thank you for your feedback.


National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

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