Family-Run Organizations Partnering With Juvenile Justice

3:00pm – 4:30pm (ET) on February 22, 2018

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has prioritized family engagement where families are considered partners in their child’s treatment and the policies, programs, and practices of the juvenile justice system itself. Implementation of this policy at the local level is an opportunity for family-run organizations to partner with their state or community Juvenile Justice agencies. The Learning Community will highlight two family-run organizations, Family Involvement Center (FIC) in Arizona and Parent Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) in Massachusetts, along with their state Juvenile Justice partners to describe how they are working together to support and engage families at all levels of the Juvenile Justice system.

Meri Viano, Associate Director, PPAL
Lynsey Heffernan, Massachusetts JDAI State Coordinator
Angelica Noriega, Workforce Development Manager, Family Involvement Center
Sarah Murillo, Deputy Chief, Community Supervision at Maricopa County Juvenile Probation

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31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health

Tampa, Florida – March 4-7, 2018

FREDLA is pleased to announce that there will be a Family Engagement Track at the Research & Policy Conference this year! This track will focus on highlighting innovative partnerships between family-run organizations and researchers/evaluators, cutting edge data that family-run organizations are collecting about their impact and outcomes with families, and examples of roles family members and family-run organizations can play in evaluation and research.

To access FREDLA’s Call for Papers for the Family Engagement Track, click here. As a partner in the conference, FREDLA will be supporting the implementation of the Family Engagement Track. Therefore, FREDLA wants to ensure that every slot in this track is filled with a high quality session that family leaders, policy makers, system of care staff, and others attending the conference will want to learn about.

The work that family organizations are doing in the area of evaluation, data collection and research is too exciting not to share with others so please consider submitting a proposal! The deadline is October 27, 2018. Submissions can be made at

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On the Front Lines: Families and Family-Run Organizations Responding to the Opioid Epidemic

March 22, 2018 at 3:00pm – 4:30pm (ET)

Opioid addiction among Americans under the age of 25 has skyrocketed nearly six fold between 2001 and 2014. The rate of prescription drug abuse among young adults aged 18 to 25 has increased to its highest rates of 10-15% in 2015. Yet only 1 in 4 youth and young adults with SUD receive recommended treatment medication despite having good health insurance. March’s Learning Community for Family Leaders will highlight the work of two family-run organizations addressing the opioid crisis. The Maryland Coalition of Families utilized a family-driven process and developed a specialized parent peer support program for families whose youth and young adults experience substance use disorders. Trish Todd, the Program Manager, will share how this specialized approach to peer support is making a positive impact on access to treatment, reduction in stigma, and recovery for youth, young adults and families. Shannon Crossbear, co-chair of the National Family Dialogue for Youth with Substance Use Disorders, will share a peer support training model, CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training). The training model can complement other forms of parent peer support and provide additional opportunities for family-run organizations as they develop strategies to meet the growing epidemic of youth, young adults and families affected by substance use disorders

Trish Todd, Program Manager, Maryland Coalition of Families
Shannon Crossbear, Change Agent, Change Matrix
Malisa Pearson, Project Coordinator, FREDLA

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Upcoming Learning Community Events

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• Ethics for Parent Peer Support Providers on April 26, 2018 at 3:00pm – 4:30pm (ET)
• Integrated Health and Family-Run Organizations on June 7, 2018 at 3:00pm – 4:30pm (ET)

Upcoming Events

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• The University of Maryland, Baltimore Training Institutes will be held July 25-28, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
• National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day – May 10, 2018 Save the Date