Leading National Behavioral Healthcare Provider

Call 1-800-345-1292

  • Recreational Therapy Month
  • Devereux News
  • Who we help
  • Careers at Devereux
  • Inspirational messages of Hope banner

Tweet Share on LinkedIn Send email Print

Devereux welcomed as affiliate partner of National Federation of Families

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health was recently welcomed as an affiliate partner of the National Federation of Families (NFF), a family-run organization focused on improving the lives of children with mental health and/or substance use challenges – and their families.

As an affiliate partner, Devereux will have an opportunity to network and collaborate with more than 115 other state, local and partner affiliates across the U.S. that are committed to serving and supporting youth and families in need.

“At Devereux, our families play an integral role in achieving successful treatment and outcomes for the individuals in our care,” said Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM. “Becoming an affiliate partner of the NFF allows us to stay up to date on national advocacy and family engagement initiatives and build partnerships with families, professionals and policymakers.”

2021 NFF Conference

In November, the NFF will hold its annual conference, featuring workshops and presentations on a variety of topics, including using advocacy and leadership to facilitate change; finding solutions for challenging behaviors; asking for help when you are a helper; and more.

Kelly, whose 19-year-old daughter, Annie, has autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities, will present a workshop at the virtual conference on how to assist families who receive a diagnosis of autism or other mental or behavioral health conditions.

“I will share the family perspective of what it feels like to receive a diagnosis and navigate the complex systems of care,” Kelly explained. “I also will provide practical tips that clinicians and families can put to use immediately in treatment and care, and offer coping strategies to avoid burnout. In addition, I will discuss the importance of building a trusting, transparent relationship between providers and families.”

About the NFF

The NFF serves as a national voice for families of children with mental health and/or substance use challenges. Specifically, the NFF:

  • Advocates at the national level for the inclusion of the family voice in services and supports across clinical, educational and community settings
  • Promotes effective partnerships among families, professionals and policymakers at the local, state and national level
  • Advances the value of lived experience and the family peer workforce to support families
  • Collaborates with family-run and mission-aligned organizations to transform family-serving systems and healthcare in the U.S.

Learn more about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.


Latest News

Recreational Therapy Month   Recreational Therapy Month: Enriching the lives of youth, adults with disabilities

February is Recreational Therapy Month. Learn how Devereux is using recreational activities and programs to help those living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences acquire new skills, boost their self-confidence and improve their quality of life.

Operation Santa   Community supporters make holiday season special for Devereux Pennsylvania youth

The holidays are over, but the memories remain of a special season filled with joy and gratitude for youth served by Devereux Pennsylvania. Through Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Services’ “Operation Santa” program, community supporters, as well as center staff and their families, donated hundreds of toys to help fulfill the holiday wish lists - and more - of approximately 300 children and adolescents living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

Family smiling   Devereux article on engaging families in behavioral health treatment featured in Behavioral Health News

An article written by Devereux National Director of Behavioral Health Services Crystal Taylor-Dietz, Psy.D., and Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, was recently featured in Behavioral Health News. The article - “The integral role of families in promoting mental health and managing mental illness” - discusses the importance of family engagement in behavioral health treatment.

personal experiences   Adults share personal experiences on services through Devereux New Jersey’s Advisory Board

Adults who receive services through Devereux New Jersey - who also sit on the center’s Advisory Board for individuals served - have an opportunity to make their voices heard and share their personal experiences on the services they receive.

Autism Spectrum News   Autism Spectrum News features Devereux article on supporting individuals with disabilities in becoming self-advocates

An article written by Devereux team members on supporting teens and adults with disabilities in becoming self-advocates was recently featured in Autism Spectrum News. The article includes interviews with three individuals who are enrolled in Devereux Pennsylvania’s Community Adult Autism Partnership Program as they offer tips on how to ensure your voice is heard.

Nacole   Devereux New Jersey Direct Support Professional/Lead Staff Nacole Moore

Devereux New Jersey Direct Support Professional/Lead Staff Nacole Moore leads by example and is always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. Learn how she is inspiring all those around her.

Tammy Maguire   Celebrating Devereux’s Healthcare Heroes: Spotlight on Devereux Arizona Nursing Manager Tammy Maguire

At Devereux, our employees are at the heart of everything we do - and are key to our success. Learn how Devereux Arizona Nursing Manager Tammy Maguire is serving and inspiring others every day.

Autism Spectrum News   Devereux article on advocating for those who are nonspeaking or minimally verbal featured in Autism Spectrum News

Read this Autism Spectrum News article written by Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, as she offers suggestions on how to advocate for those who are nonspeaking or limited in their verbal communication.

seeds of learning   Planting seeds of learning: Devereux California’s greenhouse program helps adults grow job, life skills

Adults who participate in Devereux California’s greenhouse vocational program are gaining more than a green thumb, they are cultivating critical job and life skills to help them increase their independence and enhance their overall quality of life.

More Stories