2015 August NewsBlast


Essential News for You and Your Family

Idaho Federation of Families NewsBlast
August  2015

  Dear Mike,
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
Steve will be back next month!

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Our monthly webinars are geared toward parents, but we welcome professionals as well! Here’s what’s coming in August and September…
Coming Thursday, August 13th at 10:00 AM MDT:
“Checklist for a Smooth Move to College for Your High School Student”

This webinar will be presented by

Meridith Dahlin, MEd, LPC, Certified High School Counselor

This webinar will go over the process of including the student in developing a plan and learning to advocate, finding out what their passions,strengths and interests are, applying for and taking college entrance tests or not, finding the right fit in a college or other post-secondary education, applying for financial aid/scholarships, enrolling, placement testing, registering, getting educational accommodations and tutoring as needed, and making the first term a success.

This 1-hour webinar will be live on Thursday, August 13th at 10:00 AM MDT. Certificates of Attendance will be available for this live session upon email request.
Register for this live webinar:

“Checklist for a Smooth Move to College for Your High School Senior”


And on Thursday, September 10th at 10:00 AM MDT we will present:

“Advocacy Tips for Parents: 

How to Be Focused, Proactive and Effective!”


Charmaine Thane, Educational Advocate, will impart her passion, using her educational and personal perspectives, to support parents and educators to build collaborative relationships.  A new school year means a new opportunity to advocate for your child. Whether your child has an IEP, a 504 Plan, or needs one, join this interactive webinar to learn some tips and strategies!

This 1-hour webinar will be live on Thursday, September 10th at 10:00 AM MDT. Certificates of Attendance will be available for this live session upon email request.

Register for this live webinar:

Advocacy Tips for Parents: 

How to Be Focused, Proactive and Effective!

For BOTH webinars, advance registration is required and a computer with internet access is needed. If you do not have speakers on your computer, you will also need a telephone to access the sound portion.  

The webinars will also be recorded and will be available for viewing later via our website at your convenience. However, we cannot issue Certificates of Attendance if not viewed live. 

Call 208-433-8845 in the Treasure Valley or

1-800-905-3436 from all other locations for additional information.

To be eligible for a Certificate of Attendance for any of our webinars, it is Federation policy that a participant must be present for a minimum of 75% of the presentation.


Parent Corner

Parent Corner
Read what a couple of our parents had to say about our parent webinars!
Mathew:  “I really enjoyed your webinar and will be attending all others…”
Maryann: “I really enjoyed (the) webinar that Jami Stroud presented today…   I really am so happy to have the ability to attend these presentations. Just as a parent I am certainly learning so much from everyone involved.”
You can sign up now for our August and September webinars (registration links in article just above this one). And watch for monthly announcements on what we’ll be presenting next! We are always open to topics you want to know more about. Email your suggestions to 

Save the One
4th Annual Golf Fundraiser
All Proceeds Benefit Suicide Prevention Action Network
Go to this website for all the information!

Close the Gap Idaho
Share Your Story – Help Make a Difference
Would you be willing to share your story to help close the gap and support passage of the Health Idaho Plan? If so, click here.



A new respite care program designed to assist 24/7 family caregivers with funding for respite care during an emergency is now available.  Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (IFFCMH), in collaboration with the Idaho Commission on Aging and the Idaho Caregivers Alliance, initiated the new ECR pilot project which will offer respite care funding to caregivers providing 24/7 care to person(s) of any age. 

Caregivers in an emergency situation may apply for emergency respite care funds by going to www.idahofederation.org and clicking on “Respite Care” and then “Emergency Caregiver Respite” to find the on-line application form.  Caregivers or agency personnel assisting a caregiver can also call the IFFCMH to initiate the application process at 800-905-3436.

To obtain ECR funds, caregivers must register and apply with the IFFCMH either online, via telephone, mail or fax. Caregivers are responsible for locating and contracting with their choice of respite care provider who can be a family member, trusted friend or an agency providing temporary residential care.


Once the application process has been completed and approved, and respite care successfully provided, payment is made directly to the individual respite care provider, or agency providing care at a residential facility. Completed evaluations and signed invoices are required before payment can be made.  

More detailed information regarding eligibility, emergency definition/criteria, and application guidelines can be found at

Contact IFFCMH for information at 208-433-8845,

 800-905-3436 or fax 208-433-8337.

 Respite Care  

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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
fingerprint-based background check, for which the Federation pays.  For more information or to register for our upcoming free webinar training on Monday, August 17th 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.

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Learn the skills to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.  This free training will be offered on four different dates in September, October, November and December in Ontario, Oregon.  Click here for information.

Children’s Home Society of Idaho
Monthly Bulletin
Read it here!

Simultaneous broadcasts around Idaho:
  • Idaho Falls, Hampton Inn, 2500 Channing Way, Idaho Falls, ID 83404 – 6:00-8:00 MT
  • Lewiston, Red Lion, 621 21st St, Lewiston, ID 83501 – 5:00-7:00 PT 
  •   Coeur d’Alene, Best Western, 506 W Appleway Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 – 5:00-7:00 PT
  •  Nampa, Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third Street South, Nampa, ID 83651 – 6:00-8:00 MT
  • Twin Falls, Hilton Garden Inn, 1741 Harrison Street North, Twin Falls, ID 83301 – 6:00-8:00 MT
  • Pocatello, Clarion Inn, 1399 Bench Road, Pocatello, ID 83201 – 6:00-8:00 MT
  • Boise, Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Boulevard, Boise, ID 83714 (**Live Location)  – 6:00-8:00 MT

Community Health Screenings Coming Soon
Free Health Screenings will include a wide array of services at different locations in the Treasure valley from September through March.
For more information click here.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Fun Run
in Eastern Idaho on September 19th
Read about it here! And the registration form is below!
September 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m. @ Freeman Park
Register @ Bill’s Bike & Run: 930 Pier View Dr.  
Idaho Falls, Id 83402 (208) 522-3341
Registration Fees:  $25/Person   OR   $60/Immediate Family (up to 4)
#1:                                                                                                                     Age:                M / F  
Participant #2:                                                                                                                       Age:                M / F  
Participant #3:                                                                                                                       Age:                M / F  
Participant #4:                                                                                                                       Age:                M / F  
Mailing Address:                                                                                                           
City:                                                                      State:                   Zip:                               
E-mail Address:                                          Phone Number:                                                   
Shirt Size (List how many, up to 4 with family rate)   S               M                L                 XL             
Entry Fees: Pre Registration before August 31, 2015    Includes shirt                             Individual-$25                                   
            Late Registration after September 1, 2015   (Shirt not guaranteed)                  Family-     $60                                   
Make checks payable to: SPAN IDAHO                                           Total Fees Included:                            
Shirt Pick-up starts morning of race @ 8:00 a.m.
Waiver: I understand that running/walking is a potentially hazardous activity.  I should not enter and run/walk unless I am physically able and properlytrained.  I agree to abide by and decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run/walk.  I assume all risks associated with running/walking this event included but not limited to falls, contact with other participants, effects of weather, and conditions of the race course.  I am aware of all such risks and accept them.  I have read and understand this waiver and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my entry, I (for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf) waive and release the sponsors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising from my participation in this event.
I have read and agree to the above waiver as a condition of entry into the 2015 SPAN Awareness 5k Run/Walk.
Signature (Parent or Guardian if Under 18)                                                                                     
For Questions or Donations, contact Corinne: cbird@eiph.idaho.gov