Join family leaders, executive directors, board members and family-run organization staff to dialogue with dynamic leaders and explore strategies for developing personal and organizational leadership capacity in changing times. The meeting will also afford time opportunities for networking with colleagues from across the country.

Your voice has never been more important!

Two extraordinary national events for only one plane fare!

FREDLA is a partner with the National Council for Behavioral Health and 20 other national organizations for Hill Day, Oct. 2-3, the biggest behavioral health advocacy event of the year!

Both events, the 2017 FREDLA Annual Meeting and the National Council’s Hill Day, will be held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.

October 4th FREDLA Annual Meeting Registration: Click here to register.

Hotel reservations:

Book your hotel room through the National Council website.
Rooms will go very quickly. You are urged to book your room immediately: Click here to book a room.

October 2-3 National Council Hill Day Registration:Click here to register.


The FREDLA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the inauguration of four Leadership Awards to recognize excellence in leadership of family-run organizations and innovation in programs. The four categories of awards include:

  • Executive Leadership Award - for an Executive Director of a family-run organization
  • Leadership in Governance Award - for an individual board member or the full board of a family-run organization
  • Leadership for the Future Award - for an emerging leader in a family-run organization as a program director, deputy director or administrator
  • Awards for Innovation in Programing - presented to family-run organizations in two categories: 1) organizations with an annual budget under $499,999, and 2) organizations with an annual budget over $500,000, and have demonstrated innovation in developing and implementing programs or training

Click on one of the titles to fill out your nomination.

Deadline for nominations is September 15, 2017

Awards will be presented at the FREDLA Annual Meeting on October 4, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency, Washington D.C.

Congressman Joe Kennedy III to open FREDLA Annual Meeting in D.C.

Congressman Joe Kennedy III from Massachusetts, is an eloquent and passionate spokesperson for access to health care for every American.  Representative Kennedy is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee which shares jurisdiction over health care reform. With an estimated nearly half a million children and pregnant women currently lacking guaranteed mental health coverage under CHIP, Representative Kennedy introduced legislation that would extend mental health parity protections to all beneficiaries of the program. As Congress considers the reauthorization of CHIP funding this year, Kennedy’s CHIP Mental Health Parity Act would ensure all beneficiaries have guaranteed coverage for mental illness and substance use disorders. Among his many priority issues, Kennedy also chairs the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force.

Paolo del Vecchio, Director of the Center for Mental Health Services

Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, is the Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)'s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). SAMHSA is the lead Federal agency designed to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. In this role, Mr. del Vecchio provides executive leadership for Federal efforts to improve the nation’s mental health service systems. This includes management of the federal/state mental health block grant program and directing a range of programs and activities that address topics such as suicide prevention, children’s mental health, homelessness, disaster mental health, HIV/AIDS, and others. Previously, Mr. del Vecchio was the CMHS Associate Director for Consumer Affairs where he directed SAMHSA’s precedent-setting programs and activities that advanced consumer participation and education, a recovery orientation for the mental health system, peer support and the adoption of certified peer specialists, wellness and primary care integration, understanding of trauma histories and the social determinants of health and mental health, and led programs to reduce discrimination and prejudice associated with mental illnesses.

Ellen Kagen, MSW to speak on Leading Change

Ms. Ellen B. Kagen is on the faculty as a Senior Policy Associate of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development where she directs the Georgetown Leadership Program, a national leadership learning and consultation effort for professionals and families in the field of health, education and human services. She also is the editor of their leadership training curriculum which focuses specifically on the leadership role in systems change and transformation. In addition, Ms. Kagen is an accomplished consultant specializing in leadership development for senior executives and leadership teams to improve their effectiveness in accomplishing personal, organization and system goals. As a highly skilled and dynamic facilitator, trainer and consultant, she has over 25 years’ experience working in the field of children’s services and collaboration at the national, state and local levels utilizing her expertise in leadership development, interagency integration, managing collaborative change processes and strategic community planning.

Darrin L. Harris to deliver a TED-style Talk on Leadership at FREDLA Annual Meeting

Darrin L. Harris is founder and CEO of Ekhaya Youth Project, Inc. which serves over 2,000 youth and young adults. He is an organizational leader and champion for behavioral health services as well as an author of several books, motivational speaker and founder of ZeroStigma, a movement to promote mental health awareness and accessibility in communities of color.

More presenters will be announced shortly! – Registration: $175 per person