As an advocate for family-run organizations, FREDLA seeks to empower and strengthen executive leaders and organizations through its efforts at the policy level, collaborative projects and educational activities. Listed below are publications authored and supported by FREDLA across a variety of areas relevant to family-run organizations and leaders nationally.

NEW Resources

SOC Lead Family Contact

Hiring the Lead Family Contact (LFC) is a requirement of the System of Care (SOC) Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements with SAMHSA. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to the value of a family driven system of care for children, youth and young adults with mental, emotional or behavioral health needs. This tip sheet seeks to assist SOC grantees as they define the roles and responsibilities of this critically important role within the System of Care.

Ten Tips for Outreach to Families

New publication - an infographic outlining ten tips for doing outreach to families. FREDLA thanks the many participant's of the June Learning Community for Family Leaders who helped inform this product!


As part of FREDLA’s recently released tip sheet titled, Facilitating Smooth Executive Director Transitions While Maintaining the Organization’s Mission and Services, we would like to offer a few templates that may assist you in transition planning.

Executive Director Search Matrix for Application Review

Job Description with Supports

Executive Director Interview Questionnaire

Mentoring Plan for Executive Director

Executive Director Transition Timeline

Summary of Grants and Contracts

Timeline of the Family Movement in Children's Behavioral Health
An infographic depicting key events in the Family Movement.

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Roles of Family-Run Organizations

An infographic depicting the impact and key roles of family-run organizations.

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Assessing Readiness to Become a Parent Peer Support Provider

FREDLA’s latest tip sheet, titled Assessing Readiness to Become a Parent Peer Support Provider, was developed in response to a Learning Community call on this subject earlier this year. In an attempt to support the field in identifying strong family members to recruit, train, and certify/credential as Parent Peer Support Providers, we used utilized the expertise the participants shared during the Learning Community call as well as the lessons learned from the following family-run organizations:
• Families Together in New York State
• North Carolina Families United
• Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children

A special thank you to Carol Cecil, Executive Director of Kentucky Partnerships for Families and Children, for helping us write this valuable resource for the field!

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Family-Run Organizations Transporting Parents, Youth and other Family Members: Policies and Procedures

The Tip Sheet was developed in response to an inquiry from the field and once we circulated the request, we received responses from numerous family organizations willing to share their policies and procedures. FREDLA compiled all of the responses and organized the information into the Tip Sheet so that it would be beneficial for all.

FREDLA is grateful to the following family-run organizations for generously sharing their policies and procedures for the creation of this document.

Allegheny Family Network – Pennsylvania
Georgia Parent Support Network – Georgia
Parent Support Network of Rhode Island
The Family Involvement Center – Arizona
Total Family Care Coalition – Washington D.C.

The Tip Sheet was prepared for the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Contract #HHSS280201300002C. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

To download the Tip Sheet, click here.

Standards of Excellence for Family-Run Organizations
The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) has developed Standards of Excellence for Family-Run Organizations to set a high bar for family-run organizations as a means of promoting professional and sustainable organizations that positively impact the lives of children, youth and families. The Standards include the legal requirements for all non-profit organizations and incorporate areas that are specific to family-run organizations. FREDLA believes that the Standards will strengthen both individual organizations and our community of family-run organizations.

The standards are divided into twelve general categories and within each category there are recommended steps to meet the Standards of Excellence. The Standards recognize that organizations are at varying stages of growth and development and may be much further along in one category than in others. The Standards are intended to be a tool for family-run organizations to identify specific steps to achieve a higher level of accountability and effectiveness in all categories.

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Family-Run Organization Response to Core Competencies for Peer Support
In April, SAMHSA released a draft set of core competencies for peer support providers and invited public comment. You can see the draft core competencies on the SAMHSA website: Click hereoutlinkarrow_tiny

FREDLA convened a national conference call and developed a letter of response with major recommendations around language used in the draft:

  1. Using “recovery/resilience/wellness” instead of just “recovery”
  2. Using “peer support provider” to distinguish those who are providing services
  3. Using “adult/youth/family” to designate those receiving support.

Trina Osher spent a great deal of time re-writing the draft core competencies using family and youth friendly language and adding many of the values and practices using in the children’s mental health world. This revision was also submitted to SAMHSA.

SAMHSA also held three regional meetings for discussion of the draft core competencies. Many FREDLA members were invited to participate in the meetings held in Atlanta, GA: May 19-20, 2015; Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA June 23-24, 2015; and Baltimore, MD: July 29-30, 2015. At each of those meetings family leaders reinforced the concerns raised by FREDLA members and also reiterated that core competencies for parent peer support providers have been developed and are currently being used for certification of parent peer support providers. All of this feedback has been relayed to SAMHSA. FREDLA will keep you posted as things develop.

To view the letter sent to SAMHSA and FREDLA’s feedback about the proposed Core Competencies, Click herepdf

Input into Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services PDF
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Crisis Survey Report
In July, SAMHSA held a two-day meeting to discuss crisis services. To ensure that family-organizations had input into the discussion, FREDLA conducted a 10-question survey of family-run organizations in June to get a snapshot of what crisis services are available and in what way family-run organizations may be involved in their crisis system for children and youth. A total of 18 organizations representing 16 states responded to the survey. You can download a copy of the report below:
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The report was distributed to numerous departments within SAMHSA.

Based on the survey results, FREDLA made the following recommendation to SAMHSA:

FREDLA recommends that a pilot program be developed that would provide funding for family-run organizations to develop model crisis parent peer support services, similar to the adult model programs which have proven to be effective and reduce the need for more costly inpatient hospitalization and out-of-home services. FREDLA and its member organizations would be available to assist in any way in developing the concept for such a model crisis parent peer support program.

SED Definition Review Survey: Thoughts from families, Family-Run Organizations, and colleagues from the Children’s Mental Health field FREDLA recently conducted an online survey to gather input related to SAMHSA’s initial review of the SED Definition. 64 individuals responded from 24 states. This summary report highlights the feedback received.
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Statewide Family Network Grants: Building Capacity for Family Run Organizations
FREDLA recently surveyed current and formerly funded Statewide Family Network grantees and compiled a report from the 31 organizations that responded. This report describes how Statewide Family Networks are leveraging the SFN funds they receive to positively impact the lives of children and youth with emotional, mental, and behavioral challenges and their families
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SAMHSA Regional Administrator and Family-Run Organizations Call Summary
The Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) facilitated calls with eight Regional Administrators throughout the months of February and March. Region 1 calls were facilitated by a member organization of FREDLA, the Parent Professional Advocacy League in Massachusetts. The following provides a summary of the major points that were discussed on many of the calls. FREDLA wishes to thank all of the Regional Administrators for their time and interest in supporting family-run organizations.
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Behavioral Health Integration and Family-Run Organizations ~ A Survey Conducted by FREDLA

Across the country, mental health and substance use administrations, services, and funding are being integrated into one behavioral health system. Family-run organizations that grew out of children's mental health systems of care are considering how to position their organizations in light of these changes.

To better inform the field, FREDLA conducted a survey of family organizations on whether they currently serve or plan to serve the population of families caring for an adolescent or young adult with substance use disorders.

We wanted to share with you a summary report of the responses from 31 family-run organizations. We hope you find the report informative and that it stimulates discussion within family-run organizations and partners.

To download a copy of this survey,
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Sample Stipend Policy