Family Mentor and Advocacy Network
This is a parent-run, statewide group of parents and others interested in children’s mental health issues. It links the systems that serve children and provides support, information, and referrals to other parents and organizations.
The Family Mentor and Advocacy Network is run by the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Southeastern Pennsylvania, which can be reached at (267) 507-3490. You can also call the toll-free voicemail at (800) 688-4226 x550.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is made up of volunteers and has about 200,000 members. It works to improve the lives of people with mental illnesses, and offers several classes for parents and caregivers:
NAMI Basics Program
This is a 6-week course for parents, which is also open to other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. It is run by trained parents and caregivers who have gone through similar experiences with their own children. This course is offered free of charge.
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program
This is a 12-week course for families and caregivers of individuals with mental illness. It is offered free of charge.
NAMI offers many other services. Please call (215) 361-7784 for more information, or email . Details can also be found at www.nami-montcopa.org.
Family Empowerment Satisfaction Team
This team gets information from the families and children who receive behavioral health services in Montgomery County, which helps improve County services. The County wants to make sure the needs of youth and families are included in these services. Please call (267) 507-3492 for more information.