Oh man, this was a significant interview for me to be a part of. This episode of The Optimistic Advocate features the iconic family advocate – Barbara Huff.
Barbara Huff is the first board president and the founding Executive Director of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH). Barbara was the co-recipient of the Blanche F. Ittleson Award in 2013. The American Orthopsychiatric Association gives this prestigious award to individuals with outstanding achievements in the delivery of children’s services and the promotion of children’s mental health.
In this delightful conversation, Barbara weaves the story of her impactful advocacy journey, from an Interior Design professional “mom” to the unwavering, trail-blazing family advocate who left her mark on, among many important milestones, helping to craft the original legislation that brought the United States systems of care, to helping to create, and then lead, the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, the first advocacy organization to solely focus on the needs of children and adolescents with behavioral health challenges and their families. It was a joyous interview for me to conduct. Take your time with this one, folks, as it runs just a bit over an hour and a half. Pace yourself, as the conversation is full of nuggets of wisdom..
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