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.
Recognizing that collective life experience would yield dramatic results toward systems change, UACF formed the Parent Partner Coalition (PPC) to serve the networking and advocacy needs of Parent Partners and Family Advocates 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 work diligently to develop and provide effective services while respecting the unique culture and history of each family. They promote partnerships between families, mental health service providers, health care providers, and other agency/school personnel as well as provide advocacy, support, and help with IEP’s (Individualized Education Plan).
The PPC is a statewide network of Parent Partner/Family Advocates that is dedicated to providing peer support, education, and resources for those employed in the public mental health system. The PPC collaborates on effective methods to support systems change by increasing family involvement at all levels of decision making, and believes in the power of the family voice, the value of their experience, and the willingness of systems to learn and change.
On the last Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m., 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.
The UACF PPC Monthly Network Calls are a great place to meet and support fellow Parent Partners working throughout California. We strive to bring relevant information and news to these calls and work hard to bring presenters that will enhance the network’s capacity to be strong partners for families in need. Download previous call materials below. Check back for updates and additions!
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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.