It all started at a kitchen table in Emeryville, California in
1993 when three extraordinary mothers: Carolyn Cooper, Nancy May,
and Karen Hart dedicated themselves to transforming the
mental health, educational, and legal systems that often failed
to meet the needs of their children with emotional and behavioral
During the last several decades, family members have gained
progressively more central roles in their children’s mental
health care. In the past, the child was viewed as a patient, a
passive recipient of professional treatment, and the family had
no role beyond observing and supporting the service system.
Later, the role of families increased, as they became
participants in the planning and delivery of services for their
children. However, in recent years, families have been recognized
as full partners in their children’s care.
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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.