Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health

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About the Family Involvement Content Specialists

Kim Williams

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Kim Williams comes to the Technical Assistance Partnership with varied experience working in her local and state communities. She began working in the system of care environment as a consumer and a parent, when her son received services from The Dawn Project. Through that experience, she became involved as a participant in Families Reaching for Rainbows, Inc.

As a program support specialist for the Choices Technical Assistance Center, Kim became a family trainer, conducting training on family involvement in systems of care to funded system of care communities in Indiana. As the former lead family contact for Dawn, she represented her community at local, state, and federal functions. As the executive director of Rainbows, Inc. from 2003-2006, Kim was involved in its rebirth in the community through reorganization. During this period, Rainbows obtained 501(c)3 charitable status and gained three contracts in its quest to become a sustained organization.

Kim, a native of Indianapolis, attended DePauw University and is currently majoring in psychology at Ashland University. She is the proud mother of two teenagers, one of whom is majoring in biology at Prairie View A&M University with the goal of becoming a psychiatrist.

Some of Kim's past and present statewide and local memberships include:

  • Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) Transformation Workgroup (Member); Family/Consumer Subcommittee (Chairman)
  • Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (Member); Mental Illness Advisory Council (Chairman)
  • Indiana Interagency Workforce, NAMI and the Marion County Mental Health Association (Member)

Marie Niarhos

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Marie Niarhos currently serves as the Technical Assistance Partnership's co-Family Involvement Content Specialist. Marie has worked on behalf of children since graduating from college; as a teacher, parent by birth and adoption, advocate, newsletter and pamphlet contributor, board member, support group leader, director of a parent information and support organization and director of a family leadership institute. She believes strongly in family and youth involvement in all aspects of systems development, that families do know what is best for their children and that children and families deserve support from their communities. Marie is looking forward to providing resources to systems of care communities and helping to make children’s mental healthcare more accessible and family driven.

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