Providing parents of children with disabilities
with information, training, assistance, and support
Mental Health Resources
State Agency Related to Mental Health Issues
[For a more complete listing of State Agencies, click on link above.]
Florida's state-funded mental health system is complex and accessing mental health treatment and support can be an important step toward recovery. For information on who is eligible, types of mental health services available, and state-funded providers see website: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/samh/
Other Resources Related to Mental Health Issues
Association for Positive Behavior Support
an international organization dedicated to promoting research-based strategies that combine applied behavior analysis and biomedical science with person-centered values and systems change to increase quality of life and decrease problem behaviors. The Association is made up of professionals, family members, trainers, consumers, researchers, and administrators who are involved and interested in positive behavior support.
Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign
A program of SAMSHA's National Mental Health Information Center.
a national public information and education campaign to: 1) Increase public awareness about the importance of protecting and nurturing the mental health of young people; 2) Foster recognition that many children have mental health problems that are real, painful, and sometimes severe; 3) Encourage caregivers to seek early, appropriate treatment and services. http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/child/default.asp
Center for Early Education & Development (CEED)
CEED's mission is to improve developmental outcomes for children through Applied Research, Training, and Outreach. Funded projects address; Social & Emotional Development and Mental Health, Early Literacy, Child Development, Policy, and Program Evaluation. http://education.umn.edu/ceed/default.html
Culturally Responsive Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (CFPBIS)
Funded by Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction and located at the UW-Madison. The research team will implement the CRPBIS pilot in two Wisconsin school districts, Madison Metropolitan School District and Sun Prairie School District, to address enduring disparities in academic and behavioral outcomes that culturally and linguistically diverse students have experienced. The two-year research project begins in January of 2012. http://equityallianceatasu.org/
Federation of Families of Northeast Florida
is a parent-controlled family network organization, recognized in Florida and nationally as a voice on behalf of families of children and youth with emotional and/or behavioral challenges. Our mission is to support families whose children and youth have emotional and/or behavioral challenges through education, technical assistance and advocacy. We have monthly meetings at the Jacksonville Children's Commission, with guest speakers. Federation of Families provides dinner, child care and taxi service (if needed). Youth MOVE also meets the same time for Youth 13-25. Please check our website for the most up to date information on meetings and speakers at www.fofjax.org
Florida Association for Infant Mental Health
The FAIMH works to investigate what interventions are most effective, translate these research findings into public policy, integrate infant mental health programs into current programs throughout the state, build a cadre of infant mental health specialists, establish training opportunities, secure adequate on-going funding, and continue to evaluate long term effects in the community. www.faimh.org
Florida PEER Network
An independent organization of and for people who are recovering from psychiatric disabilities and co-occurring disorders. Our mission is to promote recovery, quality of life, advocacy, education, mutual support, peer-directed services, and participation in mental health policy design for consumer/survivors throughout the state of Florida.
Florida's Positive Behavior Support Project
This project is designed to support teachers, administrators, related services personnel, family members, and outside agency personnel in building district-wide capacity to address challenging behavior exhibited by students in regular and special education programs.
Fostering Self-Esteem and Resiliency in Kids with AD/HD and Learning Disabilities
Loads of resources and articles from SchwabLearning.org.
How Do You Feel? Coloring Book for Children ages 1-3
Children experience a wide range of feelings every day—most pleasant, some, or a few, worrisome. The Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign, a part of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program, created this coloring and activity book to help young children better understand, or recognize feelings. The book also encourages children to share their feelings with caring adults.
Please use this book as a fun and comfortable way to introduce the topic of feelings and mental health to young children in your care. How Do You Feel? pdf Website: http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/child/
Kids Against Bullying
An animated Web site for elementary school students. A creative and informative resource to educate students about bullying prevention and provide methods to respond to bullying situations. From the PACER Center. www.kidsagainstbullying.org
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI offers an array of peer education and training programs, initiatives and services for individuals, family members, health care providers and the general public. NAMI's education and support programs provide relevant information, valuable insight, and the opportunity to engage in support networks. www.nami.org
National Mental Health Information Center - Resources for Children & Adolescents
National Mental Health Information Center - Resources for Parents & Families
Promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. For more information and to find a local chapter: www.pflag.org
Positive Family Intervention Project
Collaborative effort between the University of South Florida (USF) and the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) housed at USF's St. Petersburg campus. The project is a research study that has been designed to evaluate two approaches to parent education, both of which have been proven to be effective in improving children's behavior. Parents participating in this study will receive training and assistance in positive behavior support for their young child with a developmental disability. For more information contact Meme Hieneman, PH.D. at 727-873-4814 or go to: http://www.stpt.usf.edu/coas/pfi/index.htm
Questions About Kids
Information series on the topics of Social and Emotional Growth, Challenging Behaviors, and Mental Health - published by CEED. Tackles common issues of concern to parents and professionals. Each issue addresses one question about young children.
Say Yes to No Guide - Give Your Child the Gift of Self-Discipline
“Kids today spend an average of 44.5 hours a week in front of electronic screens, more than any other activity except sleeping. The constant barrage of Yes messages undermines critical character traits for success. Research shows that self-discipline is twice as strong a predictor of academic success as intelligence. Our kids may be as smart as ever, but a culture of “More, Easy, Fast and Fun” threatens the learning that happens in the classroom and what children need to become thriving adults.” From MediaWise: www.mediawise.org
Teaching Tolerance Online Magazine
A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center
Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI)
TACSEI synthesizes and disseminates research findings on evidence-based models and practices for children and families served by IDEA. The result is that decision makers, caregivers and service providers have an enhanced awareness of, understanding of, and ability to use evidence based practices to improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities. www.challengingbehavior.org
Teens Against Bullying
A Web site for teens that is a relevant, edgy, and unique educational resource for bullying prevention designed to engage, empower and educate all teens. From the PACER Center.
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