Through one-to-one contacts, parent meetings and participation in workshops and conferences, the Support Network for Families provides:
Support– sharing experiences in a nonjudgmental setting of trust and acceptance
Advocacy– supporting and empowering families in their advocacy efforts through education and training
Resources– providing information about community programs and services
Networking– developing a collaborative relationship with professionals as well as other parents in the community.
Families who are part of the Network:
• Become connected with other families in ways that help reduce feelings of aloneness and isolation
• Learn ways to reach their goals
• Participant in support meetings
• Attend local, state and regional conferences and workshops (the Network helps with costs)
• Meet with state and federal legislators to discuss health care, health insurance, managed care issues, education issues, respite care concerns and service needs.
• Participate in Department of Mental Health area and state advisory boards and committees.
Visit the Support Network website for more information!