Children's Mental Health Matters

The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families.

We focus in on the following tri-fold mission:

We provide advocacy at the national level for the rights of children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families.

We provide leadership and technical assistance to a nation-wide network of family run organizations.

We collaborate with family run and other child serving organizations to transform mental health care in America.

Registration for 25th Annual Conference Now Open

25th Anniversary Giving Campaign

In honor of 25 years serving the mental health community, the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health launches a $25 for 25 years giving campaign to both raise funds and awareness for Children’s Mental Health!

Call for Presentations

We are now accepting proposal submissions for our 25th Annual Conference. Take a look at the list of topics we are looking to cover this year and see if your proposal fits.

News in the Field and Elsewhere

The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, in collaboration with SAMHSA, is pleased to announce two demonstration sites for the Parent Support Provider (PSP) Demonstration Project, as well as a new Community of Practice focusing on Parent Support Services.  From the numerous applications submitted, the Federation of Families of South Carolina and the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health - Colorado were chosen as recipients of targeted technical assistance to develop and implement processes for parent support services and a PSP workforce in

In May, 2013, CMS/SAMHSA released a joint informational bulletin that clarified the definition of "Peer" to include adults, families, and youth. As a result of this clarification many organizations are working closely with their states to expand current peer services to include the full spectrum of service possibilities. Currently, 32 states have included Peer Support in their Medicaid State Plan, many through the Rehab Option. Many of these states currently offer only Adult Peer Support services and are in the process of expanding services to be inclusive of family and youth models.

We would like to extend a warm and special thank you to the thousands of people, in hundreds of communities across the nation who joined us in celebrating this year's National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week.

The National Federation, the Board of Directors and the Certification Commission for Family Support are excited about 2014 and the Parent Support Providers Certification Initiative.  We are all working to increase this workforce initiative with the goal of having of a cadre of Certified Parent Support Providers (CPSP) in every state and community across the country.

The Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), held a hearing this morning (Thursday, April 3rd) to focus on the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, introduced on December 12th, 2013 by Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA).