Recognizing that collective life experience would yield dramatic results toward system change, UACF formed the Parent Partner Coalition (PPC) to serve the networking and advocacy needs of Parent Partners working in the public mental health care systems. The PPC supports and promotes the work of Parent Partners across the state through networking, training, and education.
Parent Partners are the key to family-focused, family-driven services and work to directly engage and support families, convey information on how to effectively navigate systems and work collaboratively with community partners. Parent Partners help parents and families remain engaged and informed in order to meet the individual needs of their child or youth.
Parent Partners, also referred to as Parent Advocates, Family Advocates, or Family Partners are parents or primary caregivers working in the public mental health systems who are raising (or have raised) a child or youth who has emotional or behavioral challenges and has experience in advocating for their child in multiple settings or systems.
The PPC works to provide peer support as well as to collaborative on effective methods to support systems change by increasing family involvement at all levels of decision making. Parent Partners believe in the power of their voice, the value of their experience and the willingness of systems to learn and change. By bringing together the collective voice of Parent Partners, the PPC works to identify emerging issues and provides guidance for improving the strategies employed to support this unique and highly valued role.
On the last Tuesday of every month, UACF hosts a conference call that is open to all members and friends of the PPC. Topics include career development, bullying and suicide prevention, department of education resources, medication basics, and specific public policy topics including the Katie A lawsuit update and Special Education Reform.
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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.