Families Together in New York State is a family-run organization that represents families of children with social, emotional, behavioral and cross-systems challenges. Our goal is to ensure that ALL children and youth have the support they need in order to succeed. We represent thousands of families from across the state whose children have been involved in many systems including mental health, substance abuse, special education, juvenile justice, and foster care. Our board and staff are made up primarily of family members and youth who have been involved in these systems.
Mission: Families Together is a non-profit, family-run organization that strives to establish a unified voice for children and youth with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Our mission is to ensure that every family has access to needed information, support, and services.
Advocacy: Families Together collaborates with families, schools, policymakers and service providers to ensure families receive the services needed for their children. We host an annual legislative luncheon in February, allowing families have the opportunity to voice their concerns and ideas with policymakers. View the 2017 Policy Agenda.
Information & Referrals Support: Our toll-free Information and Referral Line serves hundreds of family members and service providers each year. Families Together staff have access to an extensive resources across New York State to provide individuals with the information they need. Our staff provides technical assistance to families, advocates, service providers and policymakers. You can reach our Information and Referral specialist by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 888.326.8644.
Training & Education: Families Together hosts an annual conference for families and service providers, offering trainings and educational workshops. We attend various conferences and other events exhibiting and distributing information.
Public Awareness: Families Together aims to increase public awareness of children’s mental health issues through media contacts, special events, various publications and our website.