The Leadership Institute


The Leadership Institute

The UACF Leadership Institute was established to empower families to coach, mentor, lead, and use their ‘lived experience’ to bring positive transformation to the mental health system. Through natural community support systems that connect families to existing local resources, the Institute builds bridges between family members, providers, and mental health professionals to help children, youth, and their families experiencing mental health issues.

The Institute provides education, training, peer to peer support, and technical assistance to parents/caregivers, faith based organizations, UACF regional chapters, and Parent Partner/Family Advocates employed in the mental health system. Peer developed curriculum is designed to facilitate systems transformation that is grounded in family-centered, youth driven, and culturally competent practices. The Institute also provides relevant news and information on children’s mental health and manages special projects in the areas of early childhood mental health, school-based programs, juvenile justice, and transitional age youth.

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Visit our Resources section for more information on how to understand your child’s IEP, how to contact local legislators, or for help with locating a treatment facility in your neighborhood.

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The transition of AB 3632 to AB114

AB 3632 is now AB 144. What does this mean for your child’s IEP? 

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Need Immediate Help?

If you or a loved one is in immediate crisis, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

The UACF Hope Line is a message system for parents and caregivers that provides resources and connections to individuals in your community that may be able to assist you in finding appropriate support services for your child’s mental health needs. Feel free to leave a message on the UACF Hope Line and your call will be returned as promptly as possible.

Hope Line: 1-877-ASK-UACF (275-8223)