July 2014 NewsBlast

Idaho Federation of Families


Essential News for You and Your Family

Idaho Federation of Families NewsBlast
July 2014
The following Federation NewsBlast is an 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.

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Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Steve’s Space

Steve has writer’s block this month!


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.



Parent Education – Positive Parenting – An interactive group focused on strategies for parenting children with mental health challenges.  Registration required as space is limited 

Thursday, July 24th at 2:00

Salvation Army Family Services Office

4308 W. State St, Boise  

 Please call or email Carol at 433-8845 for more information or to register-cdixon@idahofederation.org
Parent Support – Idaho City Family Group

Join an ongoing group of families that have been meeting for several months.  The evening starts with a shared meal then parents and youth divide into groups.  The parent discussion is on topics relevant to strengthening families – communication, setting limits, managing stress, encouraging positive behavior, etc.

Boise County Community Justice Bldg

Tuesday, July 14

Please call or email Carol at 433-8845 for more information or to register-cdixon@idahofederation.org

July groups are pending…
Please call the Federation at 1-800-905-3436 for information or email Family Support Specialist Patricia Jacobs at pjacobs@idahofederation.org
 Parent Education, Parent Support, and Youth Group
Thursday, July 31 from 5:30 to 7, at Camas Professional Counseling
  83 Highway 95 North
 Topic: Caregiving Tips
Please call the Federation office at 1-800-905-3436 to register.
Contact Family Support Specialist Tabatha Shears for more information- tshears@idahofederation.org
July groups are pending…
Please call the Federation at 1-800-905-3436 for information
Parent and youth groups will meet on Tuesday, July 8th at Positive Connections
 1373 Fillmore Street at 1:00 PM.
For any questions, please email Family Support Specialist Mindy Hoskovec at mhoskovec@idahofederation.org


July groups are pending…
Please call the Federation at 1-800-905-3436 for information



July groups are pending…
Please call the Federation at 1-800-905-3436 for information

Meet Our New Region 1 Family Support Specialist

We are pleased to welcome Patricia Jacobs as our new Family Support Specialist in Region 1.  Patricia lives in Coeur d’ Alene. She was born and raised there with 3 siblings. Growing up she enjoyed being outdoors with her family, especially being together at their “cabin.” She has always enjoyed swimming as well as riding bikes and camping.

Having two teenagers, she understands the emotional turmoil that age group can bring. One of her children has struggled with depression, and she is always challenged to keep them involved with the family and social activities that help with depressive episodes. Being a single parent, there are always struggles with time and transportation, but she loves to keep the kids involved with their school and community activities.

Gardening and cooking are now how she enjoys spending her extra time. Preparing a meal from fresh veggies and herbs is a favorite and she aspires to go back to school to learn to be a chef.

After graduating high school in CDA, she earned two degrees from North Idaho College- one in general studies and the other in Early Childhood Education. From there she attended Concordia University in St. Paul and earned a BA cum laude in Child Development with an emphasis on special education.

Some of her work experiences include working with Head Start as well as doing PSR work in Coeur d’ Alene.

WEBINAR IDEAS: Parents we’d love to hear from you about topics for future webinars!Each month we offer one webinar training 3 times during the month. Let us know what you would like to learn about – we’ll do the research. You can join the presentation from the comfort of your home with three different time options to meet your busy schedule.

Send us an email with your requests on training topics cdixon@idahofederation.org

Check out our website for current trainings www.idahofederation.org

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Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health presents free educational webinars specific to topics in which parents have expressed interest. We offer a different topic each month. To accommodate busy schedules we offer each training three times during the month.
Advance registration is required and a computer with internet access is needed. Call 1-800-905-3436 for additional information. To register, please use the appropriate link below.

July and August Webinar Schedule


   “The Mind/Body Connection – Key Psychological Factors for Children with Chronic Illnesses”  
Amy Walters, PHD is a clinical psychologist with 15+ years of experience working in a variety of community settings serving children, adolescents and adults with a range of social, emotional, educational and health issues; specialization in diabetes and health behavior change; professional speaker; advocate for public education and the role of psychology in healthcare. She is currently the Director of Behavioral Health Services for Humphreys Diabetes Center at St. Luke’s. She is the Public Education Coordinator for Idaho at American Psychological Association and is a member of the Idaho Telehealth Task Force. She earned her doctorate degree from Utah State University.
Unlike previous formats, this presentation is pre-recorded and will actually be available 24/7 throughout July and August. Just  tune in at a time most convenient for you. Because it is pre-recorded, there will be no interaction.



Register for “The Mind/Body Connection – Key Psychological Factors for Children with Chronic Illnesses”

Run to the Rodeo for the ManUp Crusade

There is a great opportunity to support the Nampa Family Justice Center and FACES Family Justice Center.  On July 12th, “Run to the Rodeo” is being presented by the ManUp Crusade.  This is a 5K run/walk that starts at 8am, in downtown Nampa.  All proceeds from this event, “Run to the Rodeo” will be divided equally between the two FJC’s in the Treasure Valley.

A little background on the ManUp Crusade- this non-profit organization was started a couple of years ago, and their mission is to raise awareness about domestic violence through the pro rodeo circuit across the United States. The ManUp Crusade was founded by Kieran Donahue, Canyon County Sheriff and his wife, Jeannie Donahue.  This summer the ManUp Crusade is scheduled to be in six states at large PRCA Rodeos.  At each of these rodeos, one of the nights is designated “Purple Night” in support of victims of domestic violence, much like pink night is for breast cancer awareness. At each rodeo venue, if there is a Family Justice Center (FJC) in that community, all proceeds/donations from that night will be given to the FJC. If there is no FJC in that community, then all proceeds will be donated to the local domestic violence shelter. This has grown into an amazing, nationally sponsored and recognized public awareness campaign in just two short years. You can find more information about the ManUp Crusade on their website at www.manupcrusade.com.

All proceeds from this event will be shared between the two FJC’s in the valley, Boise (FACES) and the Nampa FJC.

Registration for this event can be done by going to www.bluecirclesports.com.

Please come out on Saturday, July 12th and help bring awareness to domestic violence and more importantly, support victims in our community.

Youth M.O.V.E. as a New Stage of Youth Involvement


Youth M.O.V.E. (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) is an exciting youth leadership initiative in Idaho with the goal of bringing together youth to create a new outlook on mental health and to make sure needed services are in place.  Youth M.O.V.E. seeks the best way to help youth in our communities have a voice and become their own advocates.

This youth-based nonprofit organization is working to create chapters in counties across Idaho. Chapters can focus on whatever youth in that county deem to be important in their community such as suicide, juvenile justice, autism, gangs or substance abuse. The overall outlook is that mental health can affect youth in many ways.

Youth M.O.V.E. Idaho is part of Youth M.O.V.E. National, which provides training and support to the local chapters. The national organization hosts monthly calls to the states. Youth are welcome to join the calls and learn how to become stronger advocates and leaders in their cause.

If you want more information about Youth M.O.V.E. Idaho, you can go to Idahoyouthmove.org or phone Susan Delyea at (208)433-8845 / toll free at 1-800-905-3436 or email sdelyea@idahofederation.org

 Idaho Federation of Families Presents

Frequently Asked Questions about Sibshops

What are Sibshops? For the adults who run them and for the agencies that sponsor them, Sibshops are evidence of their loving concern for the family member who will have the longest-lasting relationship with a person who has a disability. However, for the kids who attend them, Sibshops are pedal-to-the-metal events where they will meet other sibs (usually for the first time), have fun, laugh, talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sib with special needs, play some great games, learn about the services their brothers and sister receive, and have some more fun.

Are Sibshops a form of therapy? Sibshops may be “therapeutic” for kids to attend, but they’re not therapy. Sibshops take a wellness perspective. They’re a celebration of the many lifelong contributions made by brothers and sisters of people with special health and developmental needs.

Sibshops are on “Summer Vacation” in July and August, but will return in September!  We are actively seeking participants, so please, if you are interested or would like more information, contact Susan Delyea at  sdelyea@idahofederation.org  or call her at


      Jeffrey T. Garro Building Dedication

ADA Anniversary Celebration & Resource Fair

Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Location: LINC offices, 1878 W. Overland Road Boise

Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm

Come celebrate the dedication of LINC Boise’s building in honor of disability advocate Jeffrey Garro as well as the 24th anniversary of the American’s w/Disability Act with food, music, the Oinkari Basque Dancers, and more while connecting with old friends, meeting new ones, and gathering information about the many great resources for people with disabilities available throughout the Treasure Valley!

For more information please contact James at LINC Boise at (208) 336-3335 ext. 13 or jturner@lincidaho.org

 Respite Care  

respite girl


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 Monday, July 28th webinar training at 5PM(MDT), please contact Cindy at 1-800-905-3436 or cshotton@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.

News from Pathways RTC

Upcoming Pathways Webinar on Bridging Service Gaps-

“Bridging Service Gaps: System Integration Strategies for Service Providers Working with Young Adults with Mental Health Issues” will air August 26, 2014 at 10am PST (1pm EST). This webinar addresses strategies for meeting the cross-system needs of young people with mental health conditions in the transition years.

Register for the webinar here

True Blue for Dual Eligible People
Read the latest here

Third Annual Youth Issues Today Conference on October 2-3, 2014 in Boise-
Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth

Follow this link for more information 

Cindy Shotton with visitors at our booth at Capital City Public Market
Saturday, June 28th was a fun day for the Federation. We divided our time between the Capital City Public Market and the Community Progressive at Julia Davis Park. 
L-R Carol Dixon, Susan Delyea and Youth MOVE volunteer, Collin, at the Community Progressive event in Julia Davis Park
Youth MOVE volunteer Payton Nelson

    Governor Reconvenes Medicaid Re-Design Workgroup


Read the latest here Medicaid 

              Idaho Division of Behavioral Health Accepting Public Comment

The Division of Behavioral Health is pleased to announce that a draft of Phase I – Special Populations Standards has been posted to the Department website for Public Comment through July 31, 2014. Populations included in this Phase are: Pregnant Women and Women with Dependent Children (PW/WDC); Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families (SMVF); Intravenous Drug Use (IVDU); Children’s Mental Health (CMH); and Transitional Age Youth (TAY). Additional special populations will be addressed in future standards. The proposed Phase I -Special Populations standards and electronic feedback form can be accessed at the following web location:


In This NewsBlast
Steve’s Space
Groups Schedule
New FSS in Region 1
Webinar Ideas Needed
Parent Webinar Series
Run to the Rodea
Youth MOVE Idaho
Building Dedication
Respite Care Training
Pathways RTC Webinar
True Blue for Dual Eligible People
Youth Issues Today Conference
Federation Activities
Medicaid Re-Design
Public Comment

Board of Directors 

Kathie Garrett

Barbara Hill

Rick Huber

Fred Kirn

Kateri Ray

Jami Stroud

Office Staff

Stephen Graci, Executive Director

Carol Dixon,

Family Support Coordinator

Susan Delyea,

Youth Specialist

Mike Canavan, Communications & Tech Support

Cindy Shotton, Administrative Assistant / NewsBlast Editor


Family Support Specialists


Region I
Patricia Jacobs


Region II

Tabatha Shears

Region III

Now hiring

Region IV

Carol Dixon

Region V

Mindy Hoskovec

Region VI

Now Hiring

Region VII

Now Hiring


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