PO Box 56667
Little Rock, AR 72115
Mission Statement: The mission of Arkansas Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (AFFCMH) is to help children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges and their families obtain needed support and services so that children grow up healthy and are able to maximize their potential.
Overview: AFFCMH is a state wide, family-run organization dedicated to helping children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges, as well as their families, achieve a better quality of life. The organization provides advocacy at the state and national level for the rights of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges; provides leadership and technical assistance to a state-wide network of family run organizations; and collaborates with other child-serving organizations to transform mental health care in Arkansas.
AFFCMH offers the T.R.I.P. (Therapeutic Recreation in Parks) program, which provides weekend respite opportunities to individuals with an array of disabilities. Participating individuals are assessed and goals and objectives are written to address needs specific to the individual’s plan of care. The program takes place in Arkansas’ state and national parks, which allow for an integrated opportunity for the respite participants. One of the goals of the program is for individuals to acquire skill sets such that, upon completion of the trip, the individual could return with family members or caregivers to the park visited and have knowledge of the available services in which they would like to participate.
Age Groups Served: All ages
Diagnoses Served: All types of delays and disabilities
Geographic Areas Served: ALL counties in Arkansas (office in Little Rock; chapters in Phillips and White counties). Online Resources.