Deidre Calcoate served as a parent representative on FIC's Board from 2012 to 2014.
While not enrolled in the public behavioral health system, Deidre's daughter and former husband have both received mental health services. In advocating for them she learned to navigate both the Veteran's Administration and private health care systems. During this time, Deidre was not aware of FIC and she walked this difficult journey alone.
When Deidre learned about FIC, she was thrilled to find out support services were being provided for parents/caregivers and families. She came to be grateful for the relationship she built with Jane (Jane Kallal, Executive Director) and the support Jane and FIC showed her and her family. Her involvement with FIC also created opportunities to help other families and, in particular, to help the child welfare system better support children and families.
Deidre is currently the Bureau Chief of Permanency/Case Mangement for the Division of Child Safety and Family Services. She is a trained facilitator for several programs - ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Mental Health Awareness, Strengthening Multi-Ethnic Families and the Diversity Training: Knowing Who You are. She has also worked informally as a parent leader and as an advocate for change in the public school system. And, as a former employee, she credits much of her knowledge and experience to her time at FIC.