UACF is a family run organization with more than 20 years of
experience working to provide education, training, and
technical assistance to develop family driven, youth guided
programs, including Family Partner initiatives. Through
a comprehensive, hands-on approach, UACF strives to
build the capacity of families through education, resources, and
community support and collaboration.
Generous support from our funders enables us to provide
education, training, and technical assistance to children, youth,
and families with mental health issues. Our initiatives focus on
parent and family empowerment, stigma and discrimination
reduction, workforce education and training, direct services, and
expansion of our statewide family network of families and Parent
Partners. Funding allows UACF to provide outreach and education
with emphasis on working with the unserved, underserved, and
inappropriately served populations of California to ensure access
to services and supports in their regions and counties.
UACF, in conjunction with CalMHSA and its partners, initiate
strategies to engage and empower local communities across the
state to provide a supportive environment for consumers,
families, youth and children by recognizing that mental health is
integral in everyone’s wellbeing.
The UACF Institute represents the interest of family members,
youth, and Parent Partners/advocates within the statewide mental
health community. Our organization has a considerable stake
in the success of the mission, overall goals, and transformative
programs integral to the Mental Health Services Act.
UACF provides support to parents/youth in the sponsorship to
County identified conference and trainings to educate, empower,
and facilitate self/child advocacy for parents of youth with
serious emotional/behavioral problems.
Through the Statewide Family Network (SFN), UACF, in
collaboration with other SAMHSA funded SFN programs is attempting
to transform the mental health service delivery system into one
that is youth and family-driven by implementing strategies to
produce changes to youth and family members, mental health care
providers, and mental health care policy and program
decision-makers. UACF’s program activities expand the
voice, role, opportunity and impact of family and youth leaders
in mental health system transformation and policy development;
expand and promote training that will educate, e
A collaborative project composed of three statewide client,
family, parent/caregiver and mental health training and technical
assistance organizations: NAMI California, United Advocates for
Children and Families and the California Institute of Mental
Health. Funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), the
primary goal of the WWT is to ensure public mental health
agencies are prepared to recruit, hire, train, support and retain
multicultural clients, family members and parents/caregivers as
employees within the public mental health system.
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If you or a loved one is in immediate crisis, please call 911
or visit the nearest emergency room.
The UACF Hope Line is a message system for parents and caregivers
that provides resources and connections to individuals in your
community that may be able to assist you in finding appropriate
support services for your child’s mental health needs. Feel free
to leave a message on the UACF Hope Line and your call will be
returned as promptly as possible.