2015 April NewsBlast


Essential News for You and Your Family

Idaho Federation of Families NewsBlast
April  2015

Dear (Contact First Name),
The following Federation NewsBlast is our E-newsletter highlighting exciting opportunities, important information and some community calendar activities that may be of interest.

We very much encourage organizations and individuals to notify our office when you have relevant upcoming community events that we may share on our website calendar, and our monthly Federation NewsBlasts.  Call us in Boise at 208-433-8845 or 1-800-905-3436.

Steve’s Space

If you have been following along with the last few issues of the Blast, you know that Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is May 2-8, with all the newly formed regional CMH committees working on events for the week, awareness day (5/7) and month.  You also know that the statewide poster contest with the national theme “Mental Health Is Fundamental” will conclude during the awareness week, with regional winners competing for statewide honor and prize.  Regional CMH committees are running special local and statewide presentations, awareness walks and other events to raise awareness.  IFFCMH is proud to be associated with the regional committees across the state working together to make awareness week a truly statewide effort.

I am especially pleased that the annual statewide interactive video program on May 8th will not only feature a live presentation on the Jeff D lawsuit broadcast out of the H&W offices in Boise, but also a live presentation out of the Lewiston office addressing Trauma Outcomes and  Consequences.  It all begins at 1PM Mountain Time.  This is the first year that the poster contest has been run on a regional basis and interactive video broadcast has emanated out of two regions.  It would really be cool if next year we could do live interactive regional presentations from all regions wishing to participate. For information on the May 8th presentations and registration link for your regional site, see below in this Blast.

The new Behavioral Health Boards and the Statewide Planning Council are also getting into full swing not only working on their own development and CMH sub-committees, but also on putting together regional children and adult mental health “Services Needs and Gaps” reports.  Every region is preparing a report for the Council in order to create a statewide comprehensive report. The regional reports are due to the Planning Council very soon, but if you know of needs and gaps that you wish to be included, you can convey them to your regional board for possible inclusion in their report to the Council.  If you are not aware of who to contact in your region, contact the IFFCMH office and we will help you connect with the appropriate people.

I am also pleased to announce that the new Emergency Respite Care project, providing funding for full time caregivers to hire respite care providers in the case of an emergency, will be launched within the next few weeks.  This project is offered as a direct result of an effort by the Commission on Aging, the Idaho Caregivers Alliance and IFFCMH to fill a chronic need of caregivers.  Available to any caregiver providing 24/7 care and regardless of the caregiver’s income level, the project will provide assistance of up to $500 per year to caregivers to offset the cost of a respite care provider.  More information on where and how to apply/register for assistance will be released shortly.

And I haven’t even mentioned Idaho Gives Day, which falls on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, May 7 and the opportunity for you to help IFFCMH with your donation.  If you believe we are on the right trail attempting to do what we can for our kids and families, consider us when you make a donation on Idaho Gives Day.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

May 2nd – 8th

Special event: May 8th Video Teleconference

 Utilizing the Idaho Health & Welfare interactive video conferencing system, two live presentations will be broadcast to the seven regional offices beginning at 

1:00 PM MDT (12:00 PM PDT)

Certificates of Attendance will be available.

  Register Here

A Round Table Discussion Regarding the 

Jeff D Lawsuit

The discussion will be broadcast live at 1:00 PM MDT  (noon PDT) from the Westgate H&W offices, Room 131, Boise. Members of the Jeff D mediation group will discuss Jeff D history and impact on the children’s mental health system and services since litigation began over 30 years ago.

Jennifer Griffis  
(Parent of a child with a mental health diagnosis, Board Member- Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health; Chair- Statewide Behavioral Health Planning Council; Member- Region 2 Behavioral Health Board; and Chair of the CMH Sub-Committee)

Carol Dixon 

(Parent of child with a mental health diagnosis, Region 4 Family Support Specialist & Statewide Family Support Specialist Coordinator for the Iddaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health; Member- Statewide Behavioral Health Planning Council; and Region 4 Children’s Mental Health Sub-Committee)

Ross Edmunds
(Administrator for the Division of Behavioral Health responsible for operations of the state’s behavioral health system, including children’s mental health, adult mental health, substance use disorders and the two state psychiatric hospitals)

Howard Belodoff

(Attorney for Plaintiffs’ Class in Jeff D. v. Otter.) 

Followed at 2:30 PM MDT (1:30 PDT) by:

Childhood Trauma: Outcomes and Consequences; Treatment Advances

Presentation will be broadcast live to all regions from Lewiston at 2:30 PM MDT (1:30 PM PDT), 1118 “F” St, 1st floor conference room addressing childhood trauma leading to negative health outcomes and behaviors, such as substance abuse, suicide attempts, and depressive disorders. This presentation will include a framework that integrates findings from recent studies of the neurobiological effects of trauma and information on promising treatment strategies. 

Presented by Melinda Sonnen

(CDAC, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Specialist with the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections; Victim Program Coordinator for the IDJC-Lewiston facility; Co-Chairman IDJC-L Reintegration Committee; and Idaho P.O.S.T. trainer for Gangs, Culture and Drug and Alcohol Education) 

Viewing Locations

Region One: 2195 Ironwood Court, Coeur d’Alene

 Main conference room – Moody Center 

Region Two: 1118 “F” Street, Lewiston

 1st floor conference room


216 South C Street, Grangeville

Region Three: 3402 Franklin Road, Caldwell 

Room 226 – “Owyhee”  

Region Four: 1720 Westgate Drive, Boise

 Suite A1, Room 131

Region Five: 823 Harrison, Twin Falls

 Room 116

Region Six: 42 Memorial Drive, Pocatello

 Room 210

Region Seven: 150 Shoup Avenue, Idaho Falls

 Suite 17, Room 240

The Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health invites you to join us for free, informal, friendly group meetings and to share experiences, provide mutual emotional support, learn about resources and enjoy the company of peers.

 Education and support groups for parents and youth meet monthly, statewide. Please call the Federation at 1-800-905-3436 to find out what is planned in your region if it is not listed below.
Region 1
For information on Parent Groups planned for May, please contact Mary Ruth Dilling at mdilling@idahofederation.org
For more information on our May Youth Group, please contact Kelly Bryant at kbryant@idahofederation.org
Region 2
For information on May groups in Region 2, please contact Tabatha Shears at tshears@idahofederation.org
Region 3
Parent & Youth Groups
Saturday, May 9th
 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Payette City Kiwanis Park (6th Ave. S. and Hwy. 95)
For more information please call Barbara Farnsworth at 208-867-0874
Region 4

For information on Region 4 Parent Groups, please

contact Carol Dixon at cdixon@idahofederation.org
Region 4 Youth MOVE groups meet several times each month. Contact Susan Delyea at 433-8845 or email her at sdelyea@idahofederation.org
Region 5
In Region 5, please contact Mindy Hoskovec at mhoskovec@idahofederation.org 
with questions or to find out about the parent and youth groups she has planned for May.

Region 6
Parent Group on Tuesday, May 26th
6:30 – 8:30 PM
This will be an end of school party, so bring the kids! Short education and discussion time reflecting on the challenges of summer in the families and some ideas for alleviating the stress of the change in schedule.
Marshall Public Library, Community Room
Pocatello Youth MOVE, led by Davina Hull
Fridays when there is school at 4:00 PM in the old jail (across the basketball court, at the corner of 5th Street and E. Clark)
Topics change frequently.
Dinner is served every week.
Contact Marja Slifka for more information on parent or youth groups: mslifka@idahofederation.org
If your region is not listed above, please call the Federation at 1-800-905-3436 for more information.

 Respite Care  



Families and service providers acquainted with issues in children’s mental health frequently recognize the strong need for, and lack of, respite care providers as one of the largest gaps in service for both themselves and others.

The Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health maintains a list of respite care providers from all around the state.  Our providers have all participated in training and have been background checked.

We are searching for new respite care providers in every part of Idaho.  Do you have room in your heart to help these families?

To participate as a provider you are required to take a two hour online training and to successfully complete a background check, for which the Federation pays.  For more information or to register for the upcoming free webinar training on Monday, May 18th at 7PM (MDT), please contact Cindy at 1-800-905-3436 or cshotton@idahofederation.org or tshears@idahofederation.org

Respite helps preserve the family unit by providing care for children with special needs on a temporary basis. It reduces stress on the entire family and provides an opportunity for families to relax. It allows more time for parents to participate in community life; and it gives parents time to rejuvenate from the daily stressors of parenting. Parents interested in obtaining respite care should discuss the opportunities with their case managers.

Free Dental Program for Qualifying Older Adults

Delta Dental of Idaho, a non-profit organization,believes everyone deserves a healthy smile. That is why they created an outreach program to Idahoans ages 60-79 with limited incomes.

For more information and for income guidelines click here

For a printable enrollment application, click here

Early Learning in Idaho: 
Finding Common Ground
Join Boise State University’s Andrus Center and the University of Idaho’s McClure Center in a one day symposium to identify an Idaho approach to increasing the share of children who enter kindergarten prepared for success in school and later life.

Monday, May 4th
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Riverside Hotel in Boise
$20 registration includes lunch
CEU’s are available

For details and online registration, go to www.andruscenter.org