May 2014 NewsBlast


Idaho Federation of Families


Essential News for You and Your Family

Idaho Federation of Families NewsBlast
May 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

May! Hardly said the word and we are already halfway through it. And for us, it started in April, yup, April 26th to be precise where we were joined by 14 volunteers on the Grove in Boise. Our first stint using giant green beach balls to try to promote children’s mental health happened that day at the Capital City Public Market. It went quite well except for the exceptional windy cold weather, but we got by with bungee cords and ankle weights. We repeated at the market on May 10th and had great success talking with families and having them add their hand prints to our hands on a wall canvas.

Yes, May started early, and quickly on the 1st with Idaho Gives Day. We at the Federation extend our sincere thanks to all who contributed to our cause. We more than doubled last year’s total to over $1200 and added several new friends. That day was quickly followed by May 3rd and the Holistic Health Family Fair at the Anderson Center with 25 representatives of mental and physical health care, and you could even get a massage. Even a giant green beach ball was raffled and won. That afternoon in the same location, two panel presentations were offered. One featured three doctors and the other, four parents. The presentations were informative and personal, and appreciated. The presentations were recorded and replayed May 9th on the H&W interactive video system in all 7 regions of the state. The panels will be posted on our webpage soon.

 Perhaps the highlight of the week is 3 year old Hadlee Lyon hustling up to Mayor Beiter to receive her prize, accepting it without a word other than thank you, and scurrying back to her sisters. She won the pre-school poster category. Maybe that whole morning at the Mayor’s office was the highlight. Unfortunately not all the kids with winning posters could attend, including the “overall” winning poster by 7th grader Alex Vivian from Idaho Falls, but those who could were excited to be there, and the Mayor couldn’t have been more cordial and official, reading and signing the Boise Proclamation, passing out prizes and giving the kids a chance to have their picture taken with him. Not to mention Representative Sue Chew who was there and also congratulated the winners and posed with winners.

I am happy that proclamations were signed by several Mayors throughout the state and the Governor as well and that there were many other programs in all regions that included awareness walks, lecture series and resource fairs. One must wonder however, how well did we raise awareness and how can we do it better in the future? That is the challenge and why we need your help as we face and overcome it. Congratulations again to all the poster winners, special thanks to all the committee members and volunteers, panelists, Intermountain Hospital, NAMI, and Youth MOVE kids for their support and effort.

We congratulate Grand Prize Winner 7th grader Alex Vivian of Idaho Falls! She won the iPad mini for her winning poster in the Mental Health Awareness competition which was themed

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

Grand Prize winning poster by Alex Vivian, 7th grader, of Idaho Falls

Attending the ceremony at Boise City Hall were contest winners (l-r) Natalia Hines (Boise), Celine Mefford (Meridian), Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Sydney and Morgan Lyon (Pocatello), (front) Hadlee Lyon (Pocatello). Their art can be seen below.
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week was May 3 – 10. Boise Mayor Bieter handed out prizes and recognized the poster contest winners at his office on May 8th. He also signed a proclamation declaring May 8th as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Boise.
State Representative Sue Chew with some of the winners (L-R Hadlee Lyon, Sydney Lyon, Morgan Lyon, Natalia Hines and Celina Mefford) at Boise City Hall on May 8th
First place high school winner by Jessica Christiansen, Kimberly
Second place high school winner by Natalia Hines, Boise

First place middle school winner by Celine Mefford, Meridian
First place elementary school winner by Sydney Lyon, Pocatello
Second place elementary school winner by Morgan Lyon, Pocatello

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day at 
Capital City Public Market

On Saturday, April 26th, Federation and St. Luke’s staff, as well as a team of volunteers, braved the cold and wind at the Capital City Public Market on the Grove in downtown Boise.

Passersby left their handprints on our large canvas as a show of mental health awareness.

 Small green awareness beachballs were passed out to children in the crowd, while large ones were circulated to draw attention to the campaign.  Two year old Jacob Walsh of Boise was the winner of the big ball giveaway.  Monica Blackwood of Boise won the beachball drawing the next week at the Holistic Family Fair event at St. Luke’s Anderson Center.
Federation Youth Specialist Susan Delyea led volunteers from her Idaho City Youth MOVE group.


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.



Managing Stress – Strategies for parents to help kids & themselves 

  learn ways adults can tackle stress and how you can teach your children techniques to help them manage their daily stresses. Join us as we learn easy tools both adults and children can use that can provide lifetime benefits.  Registration required as space is limited 

Monday, June 30 at 2:00

Salvation Army Family Services Office

4308 W State St, Boise


Parents Helping Parents – Idaho City

Ongoing group of parents that offer support, ideas, & understanding of the challenges of raising teens.  Please call for information about dates and times.

Please call or email Carol at 433-8845 for more information or to

June groups are pending…
Please call the Federation at 1-800-905-3436 for information
 Parent Education, Parent Support, and Youth Group
For June date, time & location, please
contact Family Support Specialist Tabatha Shears-
June groups are pending…
Please call the Federation at 1-800-905-3436 for information
Parenting groups meet every Thursday at Positive Connections – 1373 Fillmore Street at 1:00 PM.
For any questions, please email Family Support Specialist Mindy Hoskovec at


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


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


SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week 2014  
May 18-24
National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This video introduces the theme for National Prevention Week 2014-Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future. It encourages communities and people of all ages to participate in this year’s observance and to engage in activities to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and drug issues and promote mental health. To learn more, visit

2014 Boise

Out of the Darkness 

Community Walk 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ann Morrison Park – Old Timer’s Shelter 

~ Registration is Free and Open to Everyone~

Raise $150 and receive an official

Out of the Darkness T-Shirt!

2014 Boise Walk Activities:

The 2014 Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Boise will bring together a community of supporters to raise funds and awareness for AFSP’s vision to create a world without suicide. The day will include great speakers, a scenic route, resources, and more.


Click to register or donate


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



   “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.

 Thursday, June 5th at 10:00 AM (MDT)

 Saturday, June 14th at 9:00 AM (MDT)

 Tuesday, June 17th at 9:00 PM (MDT)


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

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 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.


Saturday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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  

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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 background check, for which the Federation pays.  For more information or to register for the upcoming free Tuesday, May 27th OR the Friday, June 27th webinar 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.

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 

Calendar Events

Tuesday, May 27th
IFFCMH Respite Care Provider Training webinar
Thursdays in June
IFFCMH parenting groups in Twin Falls
Saturday, June 14th
Out of the Darkness community walk (Boise)
Saturday, June 21st
IFFCMH Sibshop – Boise
Monday, June 30th

IFFCMH Boise Parent Group “Managing Stress”

October 2-3

Youth Issues Today conference (Boise)

In This NewsBlast
Steve’s Space
Grand Prize Winner!
Boise City Hall Ceremony
Groups Schedule
National Prevention Week
Out of the Darkness Walk
Webinar Ideas Needed
Parent Webinar Series
Youth MOVE Idaho
Respite Care Training
Youth Issues Today Conference

Board of Directors 

Kathie Garrett

Barbara Harkins

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
Now hiring


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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