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In this issue: We Care 2- Please vote, VFF Regional Conference, Children’s Mental Health Day in May,

Employment and leadership opportunities for parents

March 1, 2016


Vote for us!

Are you a VSECU Member?  

We are happy and honored to have been chosen by the Vermont State Employees Credit Union, VSECU, as one of five finalists for the We Care 2 charities to be presented to the VSECU membership for a vote.

VSECU will donate a percentage of $20,000 to the five organizations based upon the votes received from VSECU members. Voting is open until March 16 (VSECU Annual Meeting Date) and closes at 5:00 PM.
Double your impact: Once you have cast your vote, VSECU will also donate $1 per ballot to help heat the homes of Vermonters in need through a donation to Vermont’s Community Action Agencies.



Save the dates



 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
May 1-7, 2016

“Healthy Families, Resilient Children: Mental Health is a Family Affair!”   
Children are an integral part of a family unit and healthy families are better equipped to support resilient children. We all must fully endorse the undisputed importance of full family engagement and participation in the care and treatment of our children. Further, we must advocate for a holistic approach to children’s mental health that includes the provision of supports that strengthen the family as they nurture resiliency.

 Please join us as we create a dialogue about the importance of healthy families and resilient children! 


– Adopted from the National Federation of Families    


Family and Youth Leadership Opportunities



Calling  parents, young adults and advocates with lived experience of Vermont’s child and family serving systems.
Your voice of experience is essential to making our system of care the best and most responsive to the real needs of children, youth and families. Please consider applying to be a Committee member or a regional Parent Representative.



 State Standing Committee for Children, Adolescents and Families
The purpose of the State Program Standing Committee is to involve people receiving services and others not employed by the Department of Mental Health, DMH, in:
  • Reviewing agency-specific performance
  • Planning
  • Decision-making regarding policy
The State Standing Committee is responsible for participating in the development of the state system of care plan and in the agency designation process, and for advising DMH on key issues and developments, such as hiring of key management, evaluation of quality, departmental policy, and other matters. Members are also involved in the re-designation process for the state’s designated mental health agencies. This group meets monthly.


Members are Governor appointed through recommendations from DMH.
For more information contact Kathy Holsopple, 



Parent Representatives needed in Bennington, Brattleboro, Hartford and Newport
Vermont’s ACT 264 legislation created a system that supports families at a community level by offering Coordination of Services, CSP, to those families in complex situations needing services from more than one agency or service system.
Act 264 legislation believes that Parents are valuable contributing members of their child’s Individual Treatment Team and know their child’s needs, strengths, and challenges. The Parent Representative, Parent Rep, role brings a parent voice and the parent voice into the process.
Parent Reps can assist families prior to a CSP or LIT meeting, at a CSP or LIT meeting and after these meetings. 
The Parent Rep is a volunteer who is supported by a stipend and mileage.  Parent Reps are chosen by the LIT members. The Vermont Federation of Families assists to find, recruit and train parents for this role. The time commitment for a Parent Rep is usually one LIT meeting of 1-2 hours per month and several hours per month or week to support families around their coordinated services meetings and plan.      
To consider becoming and/or apply to be your local Parent Rep please contact


Employment Opportunity- Project Coordinator


We want to hire someone who understands Vermont’s Mental Health and Addictions treatment systems and parallel peer service systems. We seek someone with project management and computer skills, communication and facilitation skills, experience in strategic planning and evaluation/data, and a demonstrated experience with peer service delivery.
The Project Coordinator will develop a unified network of recovery voices, positioned to advise Vermont’s policy makers as they improve systems of care. This is a 20 hour grant funded position

To apply send resume and 3 references to:

Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
PO Box 1577
Williston VT 05495


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Mental Health Always Matters Children’s PSA Mental Health Always Matters Family PSA I Am the World
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Vermont Federation of Families, PO Box 1577, Williston, VT 05495


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