March 2014 NewsBlast


Essential News for You and Your Family

Idaho Federation of Families NewsBlast
March 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.

Your friends at….

Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Steve’s Space


Spring at Last! Condolences to all our friends throughout the country still caught in winter’s grip! The snow will go away, just got to believe that even the snow will be gone at Wrigley for the Cubs opener! Believe. And now that the Idaho legislature is adjourned, it is time to believe that Medicaid Redesign will be on the agenda next session. And let your legislators know what you believe! Speaking of the legislature, we express our congratulations and special thanks to Ross Edmunds and his staff for their huge effort which resulted in the passage of the Behavioral Health Transformation legislation which assured that children’s mental health has a place at the table of all the new Behavioral Health Boards.

I also believe that it is time to mark your calendars for the upcoming Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, May 3-9, and plan on attending events being scheduled around the state and here in Boise. This year’s theme is “Building a Circle of Wellness, Mind, Body and Spirit”. With that theme in mind, our 3rd annual Awareness Poster contest is now underway with a new addition, video! See below for information.

Plan to bring the kids to our Holistic Health Family Fair on May 3rd at the St. Luke’s Anderson Center, and also spend the afternoon at two panel presentations starting at 12:30 at the center. The presentations will also be broadcast over the St. Luke’s Hospital video system to several locations. In addition, presentations will be taped and aired again on May 9th over the Health & Welfare video system to sites in every region of the state. Watch for regional Awareness walks and more TBA will be taking place on May 8th, the national Awareness Day, along with the signing of city proclamations. More information about these activities will be coming to you soon via NewsBlasts, on our Facebook, and web page, or you can contact IFFCMH.

The Idaho Federation of Families Presents the

3rd Annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Poster and Video PSA Contest for Students Grades 1 – College

This year’s theme is

 “Building a Circle of Wellness…mind, body, spirit”

Grand Prize – an iPad mini

Three First Place Prizes – iTunes gift cards

Click for entry forms and further details.

All entries must be postmarked by April 21, 2014.

Questions? Call the Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health at 433-8845 in the Treasure Valley, or 1-800-905-3436 from all other locations.

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is May 3 – 10. Boise Mayor Bieter has again agreed to hand out the prizes and recognize the poster contest winners at his office on May 8th at 11AM.  May 8th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.  At that time, Mayor Bieter will also sign a Boise Proclamation declaring May 8th as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Boise. Several other Mayors around the state will also be signing proclamations for their cities on that day.


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.



Strengthening Families Program for Teens – Idaho City, Boise County

A 7 week family program focused on developing family life skills that will increase parent-child attachment, stress management and coping skills, effective communication, and effective discipline techniques; and reduce family conflicts, stress, depression, & aggression.

Please call Carol at 433-8845 for more information or

Parent Education Group – 2nd Friday of every month (April 11th)
4:00 to 5:30 PM
Parent Support Group- 3rd Friday of every month (April 18th)
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Youth Group –  4th Friday of every month (April 25th)

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

All groups are at the United Way building – 501 E. Lakeside Avenue
Contact Family Support Specialist Sheila Hughes for more information:
 Parent Education, Parent Support, and Youth Group
Logistics for April groups are still being developed.
For more information, contact Family Support Specialist Tabatha Shears-
Please call the Federation office at 433-8845 to learn about April groups in Region 3!
The topic for Parent & Youth Groups in April will be
“Mind in the Making – Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs”
Groups will meet at Positive Connections – 1373 Fillmore Street N on Thursday, April 17th at 7:00 PM.For any questions, please email Family Support Specialist Mindy Hoskovec at


For information on April parent & youth groups in Pocatello, please contact Family Support Specialist Sophia Peterson at

If the following days & times don’t work for you, please let us know! Kim is happy to reschedule.

Parent Support Group – Saturday, April 12th
Parent Education Group – Saturday, April 19th
Youth Support Group – Saturday, April 26th

All groups meet at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
1730 St. Clair Road
3:00 to 4:00 PM

Please contact Family Support Specialist Kim Hokanson for more information:



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

Check out our website for current trainings

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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.

Webinar Schedule



   “Adapting Behaviors for Children with ADHD”  
This webinar is regarding behavioral modification for children suffering from ADHD.  It will provide useful tools, that are both realistic and have been used successfully in studies, for parents to use in modifying their child’s behavior.   It will also go on to explain to parents why these tools are useful.

 Thursday, April 3rd at 10:00 AM (MDT)

 Saturday, April 12th at 9:00 AM (MDT)

 Tuesday, April 15th at 9:00 PM (MDT)


Register for “Adapting Behaviors for Children with ADHD”

Left to right: Jami Stroud, Fred Kirn, Kateri Ray, Rick Huber, Kathie Garrett
IFFCMH Board Elects New Officers

Kathie Garrett was elected President of the IFFCMH Board at their recent meeting and workshop session.  Kathie follows Fred Kirn, one of the founding members of the organization, in the role of President.  Jamie Stroud is the new Vice-President, Kateri Ray the new Treasurer, and Rick Huber continues in his role as Secretary.  Congratulations!

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.

Youth M.O.V.E. Idaho has recently been given a place to have a youth drop-in center in Idaho City, and the youth are having the chance to come and paint the space as they wish as well as help move the donated furniture, computers and games around the center to make it their own space.  The center will be open every Monday from 10AM until 10 PM and have youth groups, trainings, and fun activities. Welcome Idaho City to Youth M.O.V.E. Idaho!!!!

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

 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.


Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

April 19th
May 17th
June 21st

Where: Warm Springs Counseling Center, Second Floor

Pre-registration required.

Please call 433-8845 to register and for more information, or email Susan Delyea at
We look forward to seeing you there!

 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 March 31st training at 6PM (MDT), please contact Cindy at 1-800-905-3436 or

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.

Angry Kids: Dealing With Explosive Behavior
How to respond when a child lashes out 

Very good article!  Click here

                Don’t Miss the FREE Fair Housing Training in Your Area!

Come learn about your rights and obligations and avoid costly litigation!

Register today by clicking the location of choice below:

Coeur d’Alene

Date:  April 4, 2014

Time:  8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location:  Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave.

Hosted by:  City of Coeur d’Alene

Contact: Renata McLeod


Date:  April 15, 2014

Time:  8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location:  Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. So.

Hosted by:  City of Nampa

Contact:  Jennifer Yost


Date:  April 21, 2014

Time:  8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location:  Pocatello City Hall, 911 No. 7th Ave.

Hosted by:  City of Pocatello

Contact:  Cass Fonnesbeck

Fair Housing training in your area is for anyone interested in learning about the Fair Housing Act, support animals, Homeowner/Condo Owner Association Fair Housing Compliance, Department of Justice updates in Fair Housing cases, gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination issues, Ramp Up Idaho, best practices for housing providers, and transitioning into housing of choice.

Presenters include Pegge McGuire, Director of Fair Housing Council of Oregon; Zoe Ann Olson, Intermountain Fair Housing Council; Wendy Olson, United States Attorney for the District of Idaho; and others.

If you need an accommodation and/or language services, please contact Zoe Ann Olson or by calling 1.208.383.0695 ext. 306.

Wrightslaw Training
The Autism Society Treasure Valley and The Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Society are Presenting a Wrightslaw Training in Boise – April 3rd.

Apr 3,2014 –     Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Special Education Law & Advocacy Training Program * special education law, rights and responsibilities * tests and measurements to measure progress & regression * SMART IEPs * introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education.

The program is not disability specific.

Registration (3/3/14 to 4/2/14): Individual- $150.00; Professionals – $250.00 Registration Day of Event (3/3/14): Individual – $175.00; Professionals – $275.00

The registration fee includes three books – Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, (Retail: $29.95), Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition. (Retail: $19.95) and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs (Retail: $12.95).

Lunch will be provided, as well as coffee and light refreshments at both a morning break and an afternoon break. CLE and CEU credits will be available only to those who pay the professional fee.

Free parking will be available. The Cathedral of the Rockies has two small, paved parking lots, and one unpaved parking area. Street parking is also available on the streets around the Cathedral. Some of the street parking is restricted, but most is not. More information and a diagram can be provided at a later time.

From the Children’s Mental Health Network…


Enrolling eligible children & teens in Medicaid and CHIP year round

The Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign invites you to attend a campaign webinar. Read & register here.

Calendar Events

Monday, March 31st
IFFCMH Respite Care Provider Training webinar
Thursday, April 3rd
IFFCMH Webinar – Adapting Behaviors for Children with ADHD
Wrightslaw Training – Boise
Friday, April 4th
Fair Housing Training – Coeur d’Alene
Friday, April 11th
IFFCMH Parent Education Group – Coeur d’Alene
Saturday, April 12th
IFFCMH Webinar – Adapting Behaviors for Children with ADHD
IFFCMH Parent Support Group – Idaho Falls
Tuesday, April 15th
IFFCMH Webinar – Adapting Behaviors for Children with ADHD
Fair Housing Training – Nampa
Thursday, April 17th
IFFCMH Parent & Youth Groups – Twin Falls
Friday, April 18th
IFFCMH Parent Support Group – Coeur d’Alene
Saturday, April 19th

IFFCMH Sibshop – Boise

IFFCMH Parent Education Group – Idaho Falls
Monday, April 21st

IFFCMH Poster & Video Contest entry deadline

Fair Housing Training – Pocatello

Friday, April 25th

IFFCMH Youth Group – Coeur d’Alene

Saturday, April 26th

IFFCMH Youth Group – Idaho Falls

May 3rd – 10th

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

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Board of Directors 

Kathie Garrett

Barbara Harkins

Rick Huber

Fred Kirn

Christina Lymberopoulos

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
Sheila Hughes


Region II

Tabatha Shears

Region IV

Carol Dixon

Region V

Mindy Hoskovec

Region VI

Sophia Peterson

Region VII

Kimberly Hokanson


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