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Mountain State Parent-Child Advocacy Network



MSP-CAN supports parents and caregivers of children and youth who have emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges.

Learn how to advocate for your own children and become a family leader that supports other families in your community.


Find out how we can help your family through advocacy, referral and one-on-one support services.

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The Mountain State Parents Child and Adolescent Network (MSP-CAN) promotes reforms in the service delivery system through a continuum of interrelated activities that educate and support parents and caregivers and inform practitioners, administrators and policy-makers.

Our training assists parents and caregivers in overcoming the shame, blame, guilt, and stigma commonly associated with childhood mental illness. We teach parents about emotional disorders, treatments, and their local service delivery system. MSP-CAN supports parents by building hope and confidence and by helping them partner effectively with providers and schools to develop and implement individualized, strength-based care for their children. The Network also sponsors education and training of parents and provides instruction to parents so they can become trainers themselves.

Additionally, we provide education for administrators and policy-makers to further their understanding of the many factors that contribute to the development of emotional disorders and the need for interagency collaboration and family partnership to achieve optimal outcomes for youth and their families. Through these efforts, we support the creation of collaborative programs that value

partnership with families and provide individualized, strength-based care.


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"MSP-CAN is child-centered, family-focused, and strength-based."

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