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

Offers families a voice in the formation of national policy, services and supports for children with mental health needs and their families.

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


Develop and implement policies, legislation, funding mechanisms, and service systems that utilize the strengths of families.

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

Ensuring that you have the right resources based on your role in your community is crucial to the development of your skill sets, as well as those around you.


The Federation provides the only national certification for a parent/family peer workforce, known as Certified Family Peer Specialists™,

to provide support to other families who have children with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges.


National Core Competencies
Revision Project Update

Having concluded its two-year Core Competencies Revision Project, the NFFCMH is excited to share the resulting updated national core competencies and workforce title - Certified Family Peer Specialists. We thank the many family run organizations, family peer specialists and supervisors from across the country who contributed to this important work. We invite you to explore our new certification pages reflecting those changes and the new application process for CFPS Certification and Re-Certification here. You can also learn about the revision project here.

Mental Health in the News

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NFFCMH Releases New Report:

Nationwide Family Run Organizations

Services and Support Scan

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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. It was conceived in Arlington, Virginia in February, 1989 by a group of 18 people determined to make a difference in the way the system works.

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