The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) is a dynamic, new organization dedicated to: building leadership and organizational capacity of state and local family-run organizations focused on the well-being of children and youth with mental health, emotional or behavioral challenges and their families.

NEW ~ Standards of Excellence for Family-Run Organizations

The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) has developed Standards of Excellence for Family-Run Organizations to set a high bar for family-run organizations as a means of promoting professional and sustainable organizations that positively impact the lives of children, youth and families. The Standards include the legal requirements for all non-profit organizations and incorporate areas that are specific to family-run organizations. FREDLA believes that the Standards will strengthen both individual organizations and our community of family-run organizations.

The standards are divided into twelve general categories and within each category there are recommended steps to meet the Standards of Excellence. The Standards recognize that organizations are at varying stages of growth and development and may be much further along in one category than in others. The Standards are intended to be a tool for family-run organizations to identify specific steps to achieve a higher level of accountability and effectiveness in all categories.

Standards Of Excellence for Family-Run Organizations

FREDLA was incorporated in 2013 and received its non-profit status in 2014. FREDLA is a partner in the Technical Assistance Network (TA Network) at the University of Maryland School of Social Work to provide training and consultation to family-run organizations attached to Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) Systems of Care funded communities and states. With funding through the TA Network contract, FREDLA hired an Executive Director located in Maryland and part-time Project Coordinator located in Michigan. FREDLA currently has a membership of 31 state or local family organizations and has an active 21-member Board of Directors comprised of family leaders.

FREDLA has accomplished a great deal since it began and has quickly evolved from an idea into a national voice for family-run organizations. Since hiring staff in February 2014, FREDLA has:

  • Provided technical assistance to 18 local or state systems of care sites across the country.
  • Designed and implemented a Family Leadership Camp that was held in conjunction with the Georgetown Training Institutes. Seventy family leaders from Guam to Alaska to Puerto Rico attended the one-day training.
  • Conducted a survey of 31 statewide family networks and published a report that was nationally disseminated to highlight the array of services provided by family-run organizations and the number of families and youth served.
  • Presented five webinars for 340 individuals on: Certification Options for Family/Parent Support Providers; Accreditation for Family-Run Organizations; and Family-Run Organizations Becoming Medicaid Providers
  • Developed a Diverse Family Leaders Scholarship Program
  • Hosted an annual membership meeting in Washington D.C. with presenters from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and the National Association of School Psychologists.

FREDLA has many projects on the horizon, including a National Data Collection Project which will be a national survey conducted to develop standardized data collection to quantify the impact and reach of family-run organizations. Additionally, FREDLA is working on an Implementation Guide for Family Run Organizations to Become a Medicaid or Managed Care Organization Provider as a means of sustainability.

 

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