FREDLA Announces Diverse Leaders Scholarship Program!

The FREDLA Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new Diverse Leaders Scholarship Program for Executive Directors of family-run organizations and authorized leaders of American Indian and Alaskan Native communities. Family leaders from four eligible racial/ethnic communities are invited to apply: American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian and Pacific Islander, African American/Black, and Hispanic/Latino. The family-run organizations must be focused on the wellbeing of children and youth with mental health, emotional or behavioral challenges and their families.

One $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who belongs to one or more of the four racial/ethnic communities. Scholarships must be used solely for professional development activities pertaining to knowledge and skills to lead a family-run organization including: registration, travel and hotel to attend local, state or national conferences or workshops.

The FREDLA Board is committed to building leadership and organizational capacity for family-run organizations. This Diverse Leaders Scholarship Program is a one demonstration of that commitment.

Instructions for Application: Instructions for Diverse Leaders Scholarship Program-1


Please read the instructions carefully. If you have questions or need assistance, contact FREDLA Project Coordinator, Malisa Pearson at mpearson@fredla.org or 517.281.7036.

Check out the NEW Resources posted on the Resource & Publications Page!

On April 1, 2014, FREDLA, in partnership with the TA Network, the Center for Health Care Strategies and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, held a webinar titled:

Becoming A Medicaid Provider of Family and Youth Peer Support: Considerations for Family-Run Organizations

Below are the slides from the webinar and a link to the recording. Enjoy!

FREDLA Webinar Slides.4_1_14



Listen to the recording of FREDLA’s Introductory Webinar from March 11, 2013!

FREDLA: How Can It Help Me and My Family-Run Organization: https://soundconnect.webex.com/soundconnect/lsr.php?RCID=5c14a50abc4fc38b4cf347cec2fe5bcb

Click below for a copy of the webinar slides:


NEW ~ Statewide Family Network Grants: Building Capacity for Family Run Organizations

FREDLA recently surveyed current and formerly funded Statewide Family Network grantees and compiled a report from the 31 organizations that responded. This report describes how Statewide Family Networks are leveraging the SFN funds they receive to positively impact the lives of children and youth with emotional, mental, and behavioral challenges and their families.

Statewide Family Network Grants_ February 2014

If your organization is a current or formerly funded SFN and would like your data included in this report, you can complete the survey by cutting and pasting the link below into your search engine.



Leadership Camp for Family & Youth Run Organization Leaders!

FREDLA will be presenting a Pre-Institute Leadership Camp for leaders of family & youth run
organizations at the upcoming Georgetown Training Institutes. For more information or to
register, visit:

The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association, FREDLA, is a dynamic, new organization created by a group of Executive Directors of Family-Run Organizations (FRO) in the field of children’s mental health.  A Family-Run Organization supports families whose children and/or youth experience mental, emotional, and/or behavioral health challenges.  FREDLA will not be a direct service provider to these families, youth and children; instead, FREDLA will serve as a professional association to support those in leadership roles of the Family-Run Organization’s.  With the health care environment in the country changing rapidly over the next several years placing new challenges upon Family-Run Organization Executive Directors, FREDLA will focus exclusively on the professional and leadership development of those who are in leadership roles of the Family-Run Organization’s, realizing that only strong leadership can ensure that these organizations will thrive.

FREDLA’s Mission: To empower and strengthen executive leaders of family-run organizations focused on the well-being of children and youth with mental health, emotional or behavioral challenges and their families.