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Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health Chapter

SPAN is a chapter of the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH) (www.ffcmh.org), the national family-led organization that advocates for children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs and their families.  As a chapter, SPAN provides information, training, technical assistance and support to families and youth with emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs and works to improve services and policies that impact them.  SPAN is also a member of the NJ Alliance of Family Support Organizations (http://njfamilyalliance.org), the FFCMH State Organization and SAMHSA-funded Statewide Family Network, which implement the NJ Family and Leadership Acadamy (www.facebook.com/njleadershipacademy).  SPAN collaborates with county Family Support Organizations (www.nj.gov/dcf/families/support/support/) in the NJ Children's System of Care (www.performcarenj.org).  SPAN is also a member of the NJ Primary Care-Child Psychiatrist Consultation Collaborative (www.facebook.com/njpccp/), working to connect primary care providers to child psychiatrists for consultation on meeting the needs of children with mental health challenges in their practice.

  • Sharing information about the programs and services available for children and youth with mental health needs and their families
  • Providing information on rights and advocacy strategies to secure needed services
  • Conducting workshops on Discipline and Positive Behavior Supports, the Rights of Children and Youth with Special Needs in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice System, and Creating Agreement
  • Providing parent and professional development on family-centered care, family-professional partnership, and evidence-based strategies
  • Advocating to improve services, programs, policies, rules, and regulations that impact children and youth with mental health needs and their families
  • Working to improve outcomes for children and youth with mental health needs and their families

SPAN's FFCMH chapter and services are funded in part through our US DOE-funded Parent Training and Information Center, our US DHHS-funded Family to Family Health Information Center, and the IOLTA program of the NJ Bar Association.

Diana Autin
Executive Co-Director for Health and Family Support
diana.autin@spannj.org
9736428100
Lauren Agoratus
Family Voice Coordinator
familyvoicesnj@aol.com
9736428100
What families/professions are saying about this project: 

"I called SPAN when my child was suspended from school.  They helped me advocate for a functional behavioral assessment and positive behavior support plan, connected me to another parent to talk to about my frustrations and worries, and gave me information about other great resources like my local Family Support Organization.  My child is a totally different person now, and I can finally sleep at night!"

Key Resources of Interest: 

For each resource list:

Title: Children's Mental Health Family Guide

Description: This guide provides information for families, especially families of children with mental health challenges, on rights and resources for children's mental health.

Link: www.spanadvocacy.org/content/childrens-mental-health-family-guide-0

Title: Health Advocacy Toolkit

Description: SPAN''s Health Advocacy Manual provides information and tools for families of and individuals with disabilities to be able to access health insurance/health coverage and healthcare.

Link: www.spanadvocacy.org/content/health-advocacy-toolkit

Title: Integrating Mental Health Into Primary Care Guide for Families

Description: This guide provides critical information for families on integrating mental health services into primary care for their children with mental health needs.

Link: http://www.spanadvocacy.org/content/integrating-mental-health-services-p...

Title: Healthcare Financing Fact Sheet Series

Description: This is a series of one page fact sheets on NJ resources to finance needed healthcare for children with special needs, including Medicaid, NJ Family Care, Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund, etc

Link to specific resource in Resource section: http://www.spannj.org/ISG_HealthcareFinancingFactSheetSeries.pdf

Link to Spanish Fact Sheet Series: http://www.spannj.org/cyshcn/core_outcome_3/Healthcare_Financing_Factshe...

Title: Healthcare Advocacy Across the Lifespan: What Parents of Children with Disabilities Need to Know

Description: This guide summarizes information on education, health, human services, early intervention, and other agencies that help children with special healthcare needs and their familie

Link:http://www.spannj.org/Family2Family/FV_Healthcare_Across_Life_Span_Booklet.pdf

Title: Maximizing Coverage Under NJ’s Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities Insurance Mandate: A Guide for Parents & Professionals

Description: This guide provides tips on how to maximize reimbursement under NJ’s ASD & Other DD health insurance mandate that requires insurers to cover services for children with ASD and other DD

Link:http://www.spannj.org/cyshcn/core_outcome_3/Maximizing%20Coverage%20ASD%20&%20Other%20DD.pdf

Title: Transition to Adult Life On-Line Resource Guide

Description: This interactive on-line resource guide for youth with special needs and their families provides information on how youth can figure out what they want to learn and earn, and where and how they want to live, and get the services they need to accomplish their goals.

Link: http://www.spannj.org/transition/TransitionCD/

Title: Being a Healthy Adult: How to Advocate for Your Health and Healthcare

Description: Being A Healthy Adult: How to Advocate for Your Health and Health Care, developed by the Boggs Center, is a guide for young adults that includes frequently asked questions and a series of activities to use to become an effective advocate, especially when you have special health care needs.

Link: http://www.spanadvocacy.org/content/being-healthy-adult-advocating-your-...(Englishl and http://rwjms.umdnj.edu/boggscenter/products/documents/TransitiontoAdultH...(Spanish)

Title:  Transition Tip Sheets for Teens

Description:  These fact sheets, in English and Spanish, provide useful tips for teens with special needs and their parents on transition processes and resources.

Link: http://spannj.org/Family2Family/Healthcare_Transition_for_Teens_with_Special_Needs.pdf (English) and http://spannj.org/Family2Family/Healthcare_Transition_Summary_for_Teens_Spanish.pdf (Spanish)

Recorded Transition Teleconferences.  Listen online or download to your IPod and MP3 player:  http://www.spannj.org/resources/index.htm#Transition

 

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, www.ffcmh.org 

 

NJ Alliance of Family Support Organizations, http://njfamilyalliance.org/

Staff: 

Diana Autin, Executive Co-Director for Health and Family Support

Mercedes Rosa, Director, Family to Family Health Information Center

Lauren Agoratus, Family Voices Coordinator

Erin Seigh, Coordinator, Transition to Adult Life