Our History

From IFFCMH to FYIdaho

Our History

Families with children in Idaho with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges identified a need for a statewide family organization so that  their voices would be heard about their children’s needs. The Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Inc. (IFF) was incorporated July 1, 1999 to provide an opportunity for families to work with others who wish to improve the lives of children. Over time IFF created partnerships with local, state and federal agencies to work on behalf of Idaho families experiencing youth mental health challenges. We have received federal funding from SAMHSA for almost 2 decades to be the Statewide Family Network for Idaho. We have a contract with Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare to provide family statewide support, statewide education and advocacy on behalf of Idaho families with children and youth experiencing serious emotional disturbance. In 2011 IFF created the Idaho Chapter of Youth MOVE National that continues to run youth programs that focus on peer support and advocacy.

In 2021 IFF created FYIdaho (Families and Youth of Idaho) as the new name under which they offer direct support and educational work for families.

FYIdaho serves parents and caregivers of youth with mental health challenges through direct support and education.

Youth MOVE Idaho (YMI), a chapter of Youth MOVE National serves youth through programs that focus on peer to peer support and advocacy.