FREDLA'S Summary Report from the 2017 Survey of Family-Run Organizations

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Click here to see our graphic summary


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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2017 Annual Meeting Leadership for the Future
and this year, it’s a… 2Fer!

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! FREDLA’s 2017 Annual Meeting will be held on Oct. 4, following Hill Day.

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FREDLA's 2017 Children's Mental Health Awareness Week Event

FREDLA is celebrating Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and your organization is a big part of the celebration.

This year’s theme is: “Family-Run Organizations: Supporting Families, Improving Lives”

Click here to watch the Family-Run Organizations: Supporting Families, Improving Lives video!

To participate in this year's event, click here to download the flier with instructions.

A downloadable template for use with the instructional flyer can be accessed by clicking here.



Supporting Family, Community, and Nonprofits Post Election

All would agree that this has been an unusual election year and for some it has been traumatizing. Sadly, many schools and communities have experienced incidents of racism, intolerance and bigotry. FREDLA has compiled a post-election resource list with articles for families about talking to children after the election and for non-profits about things to consider moving forward after the election. As grassroots family organizations we are on the frontline and can be change agents to combat disrespectful comments and events in our communities.

Post Election Resources

Learning Community for Family Leaders

Family leaders are faced with a wide array of challenges as they implement, expand and sustain family voice, involvement and leadership at a local, state and national level. As a result, FREDLA has formed The Learning Community for Family Leaders to offer peer-driven technical assistance and support for family leaders connected to System of Care funded AND non-funded sites and family-run organizations.

The Learning Community for Family Leaders occurs on the fourth Thursday of each month at 3pm Eastern Time.

There will NOT be a Learning Community in December. The Learning Community will return in January when we will look at the topic of Resiliency. Stay tuned for more details.

Check out the archives from previous Learning Community calls:

April 28, 2016 ~ Creating a Competency-Based Approach to Training, Assessing, and Supporting Parent Peer Support Providers

To view the recording, click here.

June 23, 2016 ~ Interactive Discussion and Exchange of Ideas: How Does your Family Organization Engage Families?

To access the recording, click here.

August 18, 2016 ~ Family Driven Care across Systems

To access the recording,click here.

September 29, 2016 ~ Strategies for Family-Run Organizations to Use Data & Evaluation

To access the recording, click here.

October 27, 2016 ~ First Episode Psychosis: What Family-Run Organizations Need to Know

To access the recording, click here.

November 17, 2016 ~ Building Bridges Initiative and How Family-Run Organizations Can Get Involved

To access the recording, click here.

January 19, 2017 ~ Understanding Trauma and Promoting Resilience in Vulnerable Children

To access the recording, click here.

Learning Community for Family Leaders Closed Facebook Page

Participants of the Learning Community for Family Leaders requested a closed Facebook page be developed as an addition vehicle for family leaders to ask questions, share ideas and resources, and learn from their peers. The Learning Community for Family Leaders closed Facebook page went live on February 17, 2016.

To join the Facebook page, email Malisa Pearson at


FREDLA's 2016 Virtual Annual Meeting Was a Success!

On October 13, 2016, FREDLA held it’s first-ever Virtual Annual Meeting! The agenda was packed with exciting information and guest speakers including Gary Blau from SAMHSA and Scott Bryant-Comstock from the Children’s Mental Health Network.

Thank you to all who were able to join us! For those of you who were unable to make the Annual Meeting, we are making all of the materials, including a recording of the event, available below.

In addition, you can access FREDLA’s Annual Report which includes FREDLA’s audit report and information about FREDLA’s amazing work from Fiscal Year 2016.

FREDLA thanks its partners, membership, board of directors and everyone who have provided support over the past year. A special thank you goes out to the many family-run organizations who helped review, develop, and disseminate FREDLA publications!With your help, FREDLA is able to carry out its mission to strengthen executive leaders of family-run organizations focused on the well-being of children and youth with mental health, emotional or behavioral

With your help, FREDLA is able to carry out its mission to strengthen executive leaders of family-run organizations focused on the well-being of children and youth with mental health, emotional, or behavioral challenges and their families.

FREDLA Annual Report

Recording of Annual Meeting

PowerPoint Slides from Annual Meeting

National Data Collection Documents