The Texas Family Voice Network (TxFVN) enjoyed strong representation at the National Federation of Families Conference in Washington, D.C., November 19-22, 2015.

“The annual conference is a time to reunite with friends and other families committed to the advancement of family voice and choice within children’s mental health,” Barbara Granger, TxFVN co-lead observed.

TxFVN actively participated in this year’s conference with three presentations and a total of four members present. Barbara Granger and Candace Aylor, TxFVN co-leads, presented on strong family leadership as the key ingredient to system of care sustainability using the Texas Family Voice Network as a model. The presentation shared elements on the development of the TxFVN, highlighting the diversity of the state as well as celebrating the strengths and diversity of family leaders from across Texas to unite and form a common voice to promote successful outcomes for children’s mental health.

Additionally Patti Derr, TxFVN family member and Executive Director for the Texas Chapter of Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, was also selected to assist with the presentation of the Karl Dennis Unconditional Care Award. This award is given to national leaders who have supported the growth of family networks and voice.

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