Get Involved

In order to impact how the Youth and Family Training Institute operates, and to become more knowledgeable about High Fidelity Wraparound, please consider becoming involved.

How do I become an Advisory Board member?

The first step to becoming an Advisory Board member of the Youth and Family Training Institute is to complete an application found at the end of this page, and send it to:

Laurie Jones
Youth and Family Training Institute
Corporate One Office Park, Building One
4055 Monroeville Blvd., Suite 438
Monroeville, PA 15146
joneslh@upmc.edu
412.856.8781 (W)
412.856.8790 (fax)

Or to:

Jennifer Lichok
Youth and Family Training Institute
Corporate One Office Park, Building One
4055 Monroeville Blvd., Suite 438
Monroeville, PA 15146
lichokjl2@upmc.edu
412.856.8783
412.856.8790

Applications are reviewed by family members who are already members of the Advisory Board. All the information in your application will be kept confidential by those who are reviewing it. New members are selected based on consistent criteria used for all potential Advisory Board members. Once the decisions have been made, someone will contact you to let you know if you have been selected.

Please note that there is a separate application kit for young adults who are interested in being on the Advisory Board. Advisory Board members who work as system partners in a relevant and appropriate field and have knowledge of the PA mental health system will be selected by the Youth and Family Training Institute in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Who can become an Advisory Board member?

Any parent or guardian who has raised a child or children with behavioral health issues can become a member of the Advisory Board. A current family member is someone who has a child 25 years of age or younger. A youth or young adult between the ages of 16 to 26 can apply to become a member of the YFTI Advisory Board if they have had personal experience with their own behavioral health issues. The Institute seeks to represent the diversity of Pennsylvania and the people who utilize the mental health and behavioral health services through their members in the Advisory Board.

How many people will be selected to be on the Advisory Board?

There are eight slots for family members and eight slots for youth members on the Advisory Board. As vacancies occur, applications for new members will be solicited, reviewed and selected. There are twenty four total members on the Advisory Board. Eight slots are reserved for provider and relevant professional representation.

How does the selection process work?

The current family and youth members of the Advisory Board review all applications and make recommendations to the full Advisory Board based on the selection criteria. An Advisory Board family member may call you prior to a final decision being made to see if you have any questions and to discuss the relevance and importance of membership in this Board.
How often are Advisory Board meetings held?

Advisory Board meetings are held once a month, usually on the second Wednesday of the month from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Your acceptance of a position on the Advisory Board is your commitment to attend these meetings.

Occasionally, an additional meeting or training may occur, but you will be notified in advance.

Where is the Advisory Board meeting held?

YFTI Advisory Board meetings are held at the Child Welfare Training Center in Mechanicsburg, PA the majority of the time.

How much will I be paid?

You will receive a stipend for each approved meeting that you attend. This stipend is our recognition of the value we place on your input in discussions and decisions impacting the Youth and Family Training Institute. The stipend amount is dependent on the length of the meeting. For a four hour meeting, you will receive $50, as long as funding is available.

When are the applications due?

You can apply anytime. New applications are discussed at the Advisory Board meetings and slots are filled as needed.

When will I know if I have been selected as an Advisory Board member?

Someone from the Youth and Family Training Institute will contact you to let you know if you have or have not been selected.

If I am selected to be an Advisory Board member, what will I have to do?

  • Work with other youth, family members and professionals to oversee and develop the Youth and Family Training Institute.
  • Represent the views of other family members who are raising a child or children with behavioral health issues to help shape the vision and goals of the Institute.
  • Help set the priorities for the work of the Institute.
  • Monitor ongoing implementation of the work plan.
  • Monitor ongoing evaluation, quality assurance and continuous quality improvement
  • Report on the success of the Institute and the overall transformation effort.
  • Attend and actively participate in the monthly meetings.
  • Attend and participate in all training/education related to the Institute.

YFTI Advisory Board applications: