A stakeholder is anyone who may be affected by or have an effect
on an effort, policy, or decision. Stakeholder
participation and input is critical to ensure that decisions made
on behalf of children and families are made by parents and
families. That means involving as many as possible of those
who are affected by or have an interest in any project,
initiative, intervention, or effort. We believe strongly
that involving parents, families, and caregivers will lead to a
better process, greater community support, more ideas on the
table, a better understanding of the community context, and,
ultimately, a more effective effort.
Mental health care for children and youth needs improvement.
There are many recognized barriers to care including inadequate
insurance coverage as well as geographic, economic, and ethnic
disparities in access to and quality of care. While some
improvements have been made, the system remains fragmented and
disconnected, allowing many children to go without necessary
treatment or support.
Stakeholder meetings are one of many ways to make your voice
heard. UACF provides support for those who wish to get involved
in the local process through education and, if applicable,
stipends for parents and families to help cover travel expenses.
You can get involved in many ways. The UACF calendar lists the
dates of regional stakeholder meetings that can be attended via
telephone, in person, or by webinar. These meetings include:
Participation in stakeholder meetings is a critical step toward
system transformation ensuring that decisions made about children
and families are made BY families and children. UACF works to ensure that the family voice is
not only present, but that parents have the necessary tools and
supports to attend and participate.
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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.