Families On The Move of New York City, Inc. (FOTM) is a citywide family-run organization that advocates for the rights and full participation to all children and families who have experienced or are experiencing learning, behavioral, emotional, mental wellness, and/or substance use challenges with the goal to promote health and wellness across the Health and Behavioral Health Systems.
SERVING FAMILIES FROM THE BRONX, BROOKLYN, QUEENS , MANHATTAN, AND STATEN ISLAND
All families of children and youth who have emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges will always get the help and support that they need.
In May 2002 a group of family members of children who have emotional, behavioral, and or mental health challenges, with multiple system involvement, got together during a breakout session at a Families Together of New York State Conference in Albany, NY. The purpose of the meeting was to fill a gap identified by families. That gap identified was the need for families to have their voice and concerns about service delivery represented in the city as well as Albany.
The group met for several months initially recruiting supporters from the Mental Health Association of NYC, Inc. (MHA), the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Department Of Mental Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services (JBFCS), and current and past presidents from other family run organizations in Arizona and Washington, DC, since the foundation was established in the mental health system.
In a period of three years, the group had supporters discussing ways that family voices could become unified to represent families of children with special needs across the city. Working together the group developed a strategic plan taking into consideration the positives and negatives that would confront the developmental process of starting a family run organization. A group of 19 family members working diligently, over a weekend, developed the name, mission statement, goals, objectives and work plan for the organization culminating with the organization obtaining 501 (c) 3 status in October 2005.
Euphemia Strauchn – Chief Executive Officer
Aman Afzal - Peer Youth Advocate
Arif Holmes – Human Resources/Operations Director
Carlton Banks – Case Management Peer Family Advocate
Cassidy Castro – Peer Youth Advocate
Christina Richburg – Family & Youth Program Director
Helen Nurse – Director of Training & Development
Jacqueline Pittman – Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) Program Coordinator
Jamie B. Williams – Peer Family Advocate
Jazleen Garbutt – Peer Youth Advocate Coordinator
Julius E. Blake – Peer Youth Advocate
Latisha Williams – Case Management Peer Youth Advocate
Natasha Moore – Family & Youth Program Coordinator
Olga Vazquez – Senior Family Support Liaison
Ralph Burgos – IT Consultant
Ravi Ramaswamy – Fiscal Consultant
Rokiea Munson – Peer Family Advocate
Sandrinia Clemons – Peer Family Advocate
Sandra Staggers – Outreach & Training Coordinator
Simone Richards – Administrative Coordinator
Tamica McAlpine – Peer Family Advocate
Tiffany Gray - Peer Family Advocate
Tina Gibbs – Associate Director/Compliance Officer
Vaden Bovel - Peer Youth Advocate
Vidya Ramaswamy – Accounting Coordinator
Yalitza Goris – Peer Youth Advocate
Yanelissa Garcia – Peer Youth Advocate
Wanda Greene – Chair
Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA)
Kathy Gardini – Vice Chair
Episcopal Health Services, Inc. (EHS)
Deborah Miller – Treasurer
Jewish Board of Family & Children Services
RueZilia Watkins – Secretary
Vernon “Dyverse” Wooten