Goals and Guiding Principles
UACF remains dedicated to ensuring the parent and family voice is present at all levels of decision making. When we review public policy, we carefully analyze to what degree children and families will be impacted by bills and amendments to proposed legislation.
- Make health, human and education services work for children, youth, and families.
- Ensure an array of comprehensive, quality mental health and support services.
- Strengthen the partnership between family members and professionals.
- Coordinate the mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems to better serve children, youth, and families.
- Promote mental health parity to improve access to quality care as an essential part of health reform.
- Reduce stigma and discrimination by closely evaluating and addressing how mental illness and its effects on children and families are conveyed in bill legislation, public policy, and the media, and their potential impacts.
Our Guiding Principles
All public policies that affect children and youth living with mental illness or at risk of mental illness and their families will support and sustain:
- Comprehensive and integrated systems of public and nonprofit services in local communities.
- Assessment of every child and family’s total environment.
- Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) activities.
- Culturally and Linguistically Competent services.
- Strength-Based Interventions.
- Inter-agency Collaboration.