National Federation Annual Conference '14

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The National Federation's annual conference is the premier event for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families. Bringing together these individuals, alongside chapters and state organization, system of care communities, mental health professionals, peer support specialists and anyone else interested in learning about children's mental health in a safe setttng, free from stigma and one that celebrates skills and successes, our annual conference generates a large amount of discussion on the current issues and trends pertaining to children's mental health, from the persepctive of a family-driven and youth-guided approach.

The conference itself, having started the same year the National Federation was born, has grown over the years to become one of the largest family-run events in the United States that caters to a growing awareness of the mental health needs in children and young adults. We encourage everyone to take a look at this year's conferences to see many of the great things we have planned and we look forward to seeing you there.

25 Years in the Making

In honor of our 25 years of dedication to children, youth, and families, we invite you to attend our celebratory conference in Washington D.C. from November 19th through the 23rd. This year's conference will be held at the gorgeous Omni Shoreham, a historic hotel in the heart of Woodley Park, minutes from the zoo and other points of interest. We have many great speakers and programs planned for our anniversary -- you do not want to miss this conference!

Theme and Focus

“Building Circles of Wellness” has been selected as the theme for this year's conference. It has long been said “it takes a village to raise a child.” This year’s conference will focus on fulfilling the National Federation’s vision of making sure that all children grow up healthy and are able to maximize their potential. 

We know that mental health is essential to overall health and wellness. We aim to focus our attention on the need for integration of mental health, substance abuse and primary care. This year's conference workshops, plenary sessions, and keynote speeches will focus in on ideas taht highlight best practices, research, provide current information and include integration as a part of the overall public health agenda. We will be highlighting fresh and innovative services and supports relevant to children, youth, emerging adults and their families.

The ultimate goal of the 2014 annual conference is to answer critical questions that forward our mission of providing comprehensive integrated services, focusing on prevention and early intervention and increasing awareness.

Add your voice, knowledge and expertise in answering these questions:

  • What are the elements of a circle of wellness?                  
  • What creative, promising and proven strategies and approaches can we rely on to promote integration, increase awareness and ensure that all children, youth and families experience a complete circle of wellness?

As noted, we will focus the content on several tracks throughout the conference agenda including:

Integration Across Multiple Systems
  • Working Collaboratively with Primary Care Providers
  • Working Effectively with Military Families
  • Increasing Partnerships with School Based Mental Health Initiatives
  • Involving Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems
  • Supports and Services for Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Conditions
  • Support and Services for Children and Youth with Co-occurring Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Health Challenges
  • Working Effectively with First Generation Immigrant Families
  • Supporting the LGBTQ Population
  • Growing with Our Children – Transitioning from Family-Driven Care to Person Centered Planning
Funding Children’s Mental Health - Innovative Strategies for Funding Children’s Mental Health Services
  • Identifying Family and Youth Support Services That Are Medicaid Billable
  • Implementing the Affordable Care Act to Support Children’s Mental Health and Systems of Care Expansion
  • Working with State Block Grant Initiatives
Providing and Sustaining Peer Support Services
  • Creating Parent, Youth and Adult Peer Support Services
  • Partnering with Provider Agencies to Support Peer Support Services
  • Understanding the Peer Support Certification Process (Parent Support Provider Certification)
  • Billing Medicaid for Peer Support Services
  • Accessing Peer Support Services
  • Putting Self-determination and Person Centered Planning into Practice
Developing Youth Leadership and Supporting Youth Engagement
  • Youth Leadership Development
  • Supporting and Sustaining Youth-led Organizations
  • Sustaining Youth Voice
  • Supporting Youth Expression Through the Arts
  • Developing Youth Empowerment Tools Including Youth Advocacy Skills
Supporting Non-Profit Organizational Development and Sustainability – Current and Innovative Approaches to the Development and Sustainability of Family-run and Youth-led Organizations
  • Board Development
  • Developing Diverse Funding Sources/Grant Writing
  • Good Business Practices for Non-profits
  • Social and Traditional Marketing Tools
  • Engaging Stakeholders and Developing Strategic Partnerships
  • Developing Advocacy Skills
  • Planning Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Activities
  • Models of Successful Anti-stigma Initiatives
  • Leadership in Systems of Care Expansion and Planning