October 2014 NewsBlast


Essential News for You and Your Family

Idaho Federation of Families NewsBlast
October  2014
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.

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Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Steve’s Space

The question isn’t what to talk about but where to begin.  Our Third Annual Awards Banquet and Community Conversations program will take place on October 18.  Congratulations to the great children’s mental health advocates chosen to be recognized for their outstanding advocacy this year.  They are: Susannah Heist (Youth), Jennifer Zielinski, Mary Lemke (parents), Marilyn Baughman, Chuck Halligan and Howard Belodoff (professionals).  A special President’s award will also be announced.

This year we are also very pleased to have Ross Edmunds as our keynote speaker.   Mr. Edmunds is the Administrator of Idaho Department of Health & Welfare Behavioral Health Division.  He is leading the numerous changes taking place in Behavioral Health as the statewide system “transforms” and becomes more locally centered with new regional behavioral health boards being formed in each region, including the formation of children’s mental health sub-committees in each of the 7 regions.  Turning vision into reality for the benefit of all members of the behavioral health community is the challenge Mr. Edmunds has accepted.

The banquet, awards presentation, and all community conversations will take place at the Holiday Inn on Elder Street in Boise.  The banquet begins at 6PM, and the community conversations at 10:30 AM.  Community conversations will cover children’s mental health services in general; Idaho Lives suicide prevention project; Close the Gap Idaho; and the Jeff D lawsuit.  The community is invited to attend all discussions and the awards banquet.  More on the banquet, community conversations and how to register is found below.

Things have also been changing for us as many new faces have been added to our Family Support staff.  I welcome our newest staff in Region 1, Mary Ruth Dilling and Kelly Bryant; and in Region 6, Marja Slifka.  We continue to offer and work with parent and youth groups in all regions with the added support of our new staff.  Contact our Boise office if you wish to contact any of our regional staff members.   Some of our newest staff members are involved with facilitating meetings with parents concerned with reductions and/or elimination of PSR/CBRS services provided to their child through Optum.   We are gathering stories from parents, as well as their questions and concerns, which we believe can help positively assist with communication gaps, and process issues directly impacting kids and families.  Watch for meetings being scheduled in your region, or contact our office to find locations, dates and times for these meetings or to discuss your situation, tell us your story, directly.

IFFCMH Third Annual Advocacy Awards Banquet and Community Workshops


On Saturday, October 18th, IFFCMH will be recognizing the efforts of advocates who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the welfare of Idaho kids and families. Join us at our Third Annual Advocacy Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn in Boise, 2970 W. Elder Street. The evening begins with dinner at 6:00 PM.  


Keynote Speaker is Ross Edmunds, Administrator of Idaho Dept. of Health & Welfare’s Behavioral Health Division.


Receiving IFFCMH 2014 Outstanding Advocacy Awards are:  Susannah Heist, Chuck Halligan, Howard Belodoff, Mary Lemke, Jennifer Zielinski, and Marilyn Baughman.  Presidents Award TBA.


We also invite the public to join our Staff and Board of Directors for free workshops that day at the same location including:

  • 10:30 AM – Community Conversation with Casey Moyer from DHW’s Children’s Mental Health
  • 1:00 PM – Idaho Lives Project with Kim Kane and Judy Gabert
  • 2:30 PM – Close the Gap Idaho with Shauneen Grange
  • 3:30 – Jeff D Lawsuit Discussion

We would appreciate contributions of $20 for dinner attendees, but there will be no charge for anyone requesting scholarship assistance. Pre-registration is required.  Please go to Banquet.  (If requesting scholarship for dinner, type SCHOLARSHIP in the Promo Code box)


For additional information, contact IFFCMH at 208-433-8845 or 1-800-905-3436

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Free October Webinar


 Dr. Alex Reed, an outstanding psychologist with the Idaho Family Medical Residency program will present on ADHD and ODD
The webinar will be live on Thursday, October 9th at 10:00 AM. Or you may view the recorded version on Saturday, October 11th at 9:00 AM; or on Tuesday, October 21st at 9:00 PM.
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.


Register for ADHD and ODD with Dr. Alex Reed.


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.
 Please call or email Carol at 433-8845 for the details on her October groups:
October 9th at NICMHC on Ontario
10:00 AM
Parent Group: ABC’s of Parenting
Childcare and transportation provided 
October 14th at 501 Lakeside
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Parent Group: Getting Accomodations in School
October 28th 
6:30 PM
Youth meeting
Location to be determined
Topic: Keeping Organized at School
Pizza and Games!
Please contact Mary Ruth Dilling at mdilling@idahofederation.org for more information.
 IFFCMH will be hosting a meeting for parents to discuss any issues associated with reductions and elimination of PSR/CGRS services by OPTUM, and what it means to our children & families.
Contact Family Support Specialist Tabatha Shears for details-
Disability Advocacy Day (see announcement further below) will be at the Grimman Medical Center in Moscow on October 25th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Contact Family Support Specialist Tabatha Shears for more information- tshears@idahofederation.org
Parent Education & Support Groups 
October 8th
Gateway School
Dinner will be provided. Please pre-register with Carol (below).
Contact Family Support Specialist Carol Dixon for more information –
Parent Group
 Tuesday, October 14th – “Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports.”
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Parent Group
Thursday, October 16th – “Success with the IEP”
4:00 to 8:30 PM 
with a 30 minute break at 6:00 PM
Refreshments will be served.
Youth Group
Thursday, October 9th – “Coping Skills”
7:00 to 8:30 PM
All groups will be at Positive Connections – 1373 Fillmore Street 

For any questions, please email Family Support Specialist Mindy Hoskovec at mhoskovec@idahofederation.org


For Parents:  “Success with IEP’s” presented by IPUL
For Youth:  “Adjusting at School, Asking for Help, Working as a Team”
October 28th – 6:30 PM
Marshall Public Library, in the Community Room
113 S. Garfield, Pocatello
For more information, please email Family Support Specialist Marja Slifka at mslifka@idahofederation.org



Dates & locations for our October groups are pending…
Please email Family Support Specialist Richard Kauer at

Rick Huber (left) receiving his award from Marc Jacques
Federation’s Rick Huber Wins NAMI Award

Rick Huber, Secretary of the Idaho Federation of Families Board of Directors has received the 2014 Ken Steele Award.  The Ken Steele Award is presented by the NAMI Consumer Council to recognize outstanding contributions by an individual living with mental illness to improve the quality of life of others who live with mental illness, increase empowerment and promote integration and inclusion.

 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 Monday, October 27th webinar training 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 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.

Autumn Sibshops Schedule:

Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM

 October 18th

 November 15th


Where: Warm Springs Counseling Center (Boise) 

 740 Warm Springs Avenue, Second Floor

Pre-registration required.


If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Susan Delyea at sdelyea@idahofederation.org  or call her at


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 

Compassion Caldwell Event
The Compassion Caldwell Event will provide basic medical exams, dental cleanings, eye exams, free haircuts, a complimentary lunch and other various services/resources from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 25th at Canyon Springs High School in Caldwell. 

Click for more information!

 Idaho Partnerships Conference on Human Services
Training Conference on Disabilities and Mental Health
The Idaho Partnerships Conference on Human Services is the largest regional conference focusing on providing quality training to human service professionals, parents, self advocates and community members who serve and support people with disabilities and their families.

The 2014 Partnership’s Conference will be held on October 30th & 31st at the Boise Riverside Hotel. This year’s conference theme is “Mission: Possible!”  For more information and to register, please go to

Mission Possible


Boise & Meridian Community Health Screening Series

FREE Health Screenings will be provided for adults 18+ with no insurance or limited access to preventive health care.  For more information go to Community Health Screening.

Boise Rescue Mission Volunteer Sign Ups
Beginning October 1st, you may register to volunteer for the Rescue Mission’s Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday dinners. Click for more information.

NAMI’S Fall 2014 Peer-to-Peer ClassesPeer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.

10 Evening Classes
October 9 – December 18
7 – 9 PMReserve Your Seat Today!
Call 208-376-4304


“Peer-to-Peer teaches in 10 weeks what it took me 20 years to figure out for myself” CA
“Very powerful message. I am impressed with the entire curriculum. A LOT of different tools for recovery were a part of the class, allowing for CHOICE” IA

October is National Disability Employment

Awareness Month!

To promote disability employment LINC will be hosting a series of informational workshops for workers with disabilities, their families, and service providers.  The Fall 2014 workshop information is below.

Attention Workers with Disabilities!

–         Are you currently receiving SSDI and Medicare benefits and are employed?

–         Are you receiving SSDI benefits but in the two year “window” before you can receive Medicare benefits?

–         Are you a person with a disability who is working and cannot qualify for SSDI benefits based on your monthly income, NOT your disability?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above then attend this FREE Medicaid for Workers w/ Disabilities workshop at LINC!

Medicaid for Workers w/ Disabilities Informational Workshop at LINC

Medicaid for Workers w/ Disabilities is an exciting program that allows workers w/ disabilities the opportunity to purchase Medicaid at a discount.

In this workshop you will learn:

-The facts about Medicaid for Workers: who qualifies, what is required in order to qualify, resource limits, etc.

-Applying for Medicaid for Workers

-Other work incentives for SSDI and SSI workers

…and much more!

LINC Boise:Oct. 27, 2014   Session #1: 10am-12pm; #2: 1pm-3pm

1878 W. Overland Rd.

LINC Caldwell:Oct. 28, 2014   Session #1: 10am-12pm; #2: 1pm-3pm

4110 Eaton Ave.

LINC Twin Falls:Oct. 21, 2014   Session #1: 10-12pm/#2: 1pm-3pm

182 Eastland Dr. No. Suite C

Registration is required.  Seating is limited.  Please contact James at LINC at (208) 336-3335 ext. 13 or jturner@lincidaho.org

Next Lecture at Intermountain Hospital October 16, 2014 at Noon

You are invited to attend our next lecture coming up October 16, 2014 at noon. RaeAnn Calhoun, LMSW and Teresa Heald, LMSW will be presenting on “Ethics in Mental Health; What You Need to Know.”  By attending this lecture you will be able to understand the differences between legal and ethical issues in mental health treatment as well as to identify and comprehend the components of ethical treatment (confidentiality, informed consent, and professional boundaries) in the protection of client, self, agency and community.

If you would like to attend this lecture please respond to this email or call the lecture line at 350-2383. Please arrive prior to noon so we can begin promptly.

******Intermountain Hospital is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC Approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC Requirement. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.”

In This NewsBlast
Steve’s Space
Advocacy Awards Banquet
Parent Webinar Series
Groups Schedule
Rick Huber Receives NAMI Award
Respite Care Training
Youth MOVE Idaho
Youth Issues Today Conference
Compassion Caldwell
ID Partnerships Conference
Community Health Screenings
Volunteer Sign Ups
Advocacy Workshops
MH 1st Aid October
Remembrance Walk
NAMI Classes
Oct. Awareness Month
Intermountain Hospital Lecture

Board of Directors 

Kathie Garrett

Jennifer Griffis

Susannah Heist

Barbara Hill

Rick Huber

Fred Kirn

Kathy Mercer

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
Mary Ruth Dilling
Kelly Bryant


Region II

Tabatha Shears

Region III


Region IV

Carol Dixon

Region V

Mindy Hoskovec

Region VI

Marja Slifka

Region VII

Richard Kauer


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