What Does the Parent Partner Coalition Do?
The PPC is a statewide network of Parent Partner/Family Advocates that is dedicated to providing peer support, education, and resources for those employed in the public mental health system. The PPC collaborates on effective methods to support systems change by increasing family involvement at all levels of decision making, and believes in the power of the family voice, the value of their experience, and the willingness of systems to learn and change.
By bringing together the collective voice of Parent Partners, the PPC works to identify emerging issues and provides guidance for improving the strategies employed to support this unique and highly valued role.
Our PPC supports a number of activities and ideas centered around the engagement and empowerment of our network of including:
- Providing current and timely news, information, and public policy updates through monthly networking calls
- Promoting best practice in providing advice and support to parents and caregivers of children and youth with mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges
- Promoting a statewide network for Parent Partners to learn from one another, share information and resources, and to collaborate on innovative strategies
- Supporting the development of collaborative efforts of public mental health agencies and community organizations that provide services to parents of children and youth
- Support the respite needs of Parent Partners through training and educational tools
To bring together the statewide voice of the PPC, UACF hosts a monthly networking call on the last Tuesday of every month. These calls serve to inform participants on a number of important issues including supportive family resources, education and policy changes and feature speakers from the California Department of Education, Kaiser Permanente, Covered California, and the Alameda County Behavioral Health Services.
Annually, all members of the PPC are invited to the California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth (CMHACY) Conference for an in-person breakfast. This is a great opportunity to network with other Parent Partners. The conference takes place every year in May.