Uniting Three Statewide Peer Networks for More Powerful Advocacy
Event Date:September 12, 2016
Time:10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location:Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center
Cost:Free, lunch will be provided at no cost to attendees
Hosted By:Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, Inc.
The Vermont Recovery Network
Who Should Attend:
This is a hands-on, grassroots organizing conference for people who have experienced problems resulting from drug and alcohol abuse; young adults and families experiencing social, emotional or behavioral challenges; people who have been psychiatrically labelled; and psychiatric survivors, consumers, and ex-patients.
Join us for a daylong conference combining panel presentations and hands-on, breakout discussion groups as we endeavor to increase communication among our networks, break down stereotypes, and learn to trust one another. Our goal is to craft a preliminary strategy for collective advocacy in Vermont.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be part of building a powerful coalition for advocating for our self-determined needs.
Calling parents, young adults and advocates with lived experience of Vermont’s child and family serving systems. Your voice of experience is essential to making our system of care the best and most responsive to the real needs of children, youth and families. Please consider applying to be a Committee member or a regional Parent Representative.
State Standing Committee for Children, Adolescents and Families
The purpose of the State Program Standing Committee is to involve people receiving services and others not employed by the Department of Mental Health, DMH, in:
Reviewing agency-specific performance
Decision-making regarding policy
The State Standing Committee is responsible for participating in the development of the state system of care plan and in the agency designation process, and for advising DMH on key issues and developments, such as hiring of key management, evaluation of quality, departmental policy, and other matters. Members are also involved in the re-designation process for the state’s designated mental health agencies. This group meets monthly.
Members are Governor appointed through recommendations from DMH. For more information contact Kathy Holsopple, firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Representatives needed in Bennington, Brattleboro, Hartford and Newport
Vermont’s ACT 264 legislation created a system that supports families at a community level by offering Coordination of Services, CSP, to those families in complex situations needing services from more than one agency or service system.
Act 264 legislation believes that Parents are valuable contributing members of their child’s Individual Treatment Team and know their child’s needs, strengths, and challenges. The Parent Representative, Parent Rep, role brings a parent voice and the parent voice into the process.
Parent Reps can assist families prior to a CSP or LIT meeting, at a CSP or LIT meeting and after these meetings.
The Parent Rep is a volunteer who is supported by a stipend and mileage. Parent Reps are chosen by the LIT members. The Vermont Federation of Families assists to find, recruit and train parents for this role. The time commitment for a Parent Rep is usually one LIT meeting of 1-2 hours per month and several hours per month or week to support families around their coordinated services meetings and plan.
To consider becoming and/or apply to be your local Parent Rep please contact email@example.com
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