Resources and Links
The Youth and Family Training Institute (YFTI) of the University of Pittsburgh and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) in Pittsburgh, PA was established in 2007 to assist the (State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare‘s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (PA OMHSAS) Children’s Bureau link to www.dpw.state.pa.us) in bringing High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) to the 67 counties within the Commonwealth. The Institute was developed with funds from PA OMHSAS, The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, and Community Care Behavioral Health (CCBH), and is managed through a partnership between PA OMHSAS, WPIC and the University of Pittsburgh.
The Youth and Family Training Institute and an Advisory Board comprised of one-third family members, one-third youth members, and one-third system partners who work in Pennsylvania’s child-serving system. Decisions are not made without youth and family input. The PA CASSP (Child and Adolescent Service System Program) Newsletter’s December 2009 edition focuses on The Youth and Family Training Institute and High Fidelity Wraparound. To read this edition and other editions of the newsletter, please visit www.dpw.state.pa.us (click on Publications, Form and Reports, and then Newsletters and Bulletins). To join the PA CASSP News listserve to receive email notification each quarter when a new edition is available, please send your name and e-mail address to email@example.com. The listserve is also used for periodic news and announcements about children’s behavioral health.
Another source of information is the Pennsylvania Recovery and Resiliency through the PA Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
High Fidelity Wraparound is a process that is utilized in many states in the US with children and adolescents who have complex mental health needs. The National Wraparound Initiative engages experts nationally in a process of defining standards and compiling specific strategies for conducting high-quality wraparound. You can find out more about the National Wraparound Initiative (NWI) at http://www.nwi.pdx.edu.
For Additional Information:
- Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System:
- Ten Principles of the Wraparound Process:
Additional Children's Publications and Resources
- CASSP Alerts
CASSP is the Child and Adolescent Services System Program. The CASSP Alert is published 10 times a year by the Department of Public Welfare’s Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health Services and includes news about current policy and program development, new resources in children’s behavioral health, and a calendar of upcoming conferences and trainings. Click on 2011 to view archived Alerts.
CASSP is the Children and Adolescent Services System Program. The PA CASSP Newsletter is published four times a year by the Department of Public Welfare’s Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health Services. Each edition is on a different topic in children’s behavioral health. Click on 2011 for the archive of past issues since 2002.
County CASSP and Children's Mental Health Coordinators at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/CASSP_Coordinators_Current.pdf
The Delaware County Suicide Prevention & Awareness Task Force (DCSPATF) was begun in 2002 by volunteers who care and who want to increase suicide awareness, decrease stigma, and decrease suicide risk in the community. Our mission is to promote understanding that suicide is a preventable community-health problem in our county and to work together toward viable solutions (http://www.delcosuicideprevention.org/).
- Friendship Express
The Friendship Express is the newsletter of the Pennsylvania Compeer Association, published quarterly. This publication is made possible by collaboration between the Pennsylvania Compeer Coalition and the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Links to issues are available under "Compeer" on http://www.parecovery.org/services_tti.shtml.
People First is a publication supported by the Department of Public Welfare and compiled by the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (http://www.mhasp.org/publications/2011/9/30/people-first-2011-summer-1.html)
- New York University Child Study Center:
Founded to improve the treatment of child psychiatric disorders through scientific practice, research, and education, and to eliminate the stigma of being or having a child with a psychiatric disorder. Website includes a wealth of information for families (www.aboutourkids.org/families).
- Project Resilience:
Promotes a strengths-based approach to youth and adults struggling to overcome hardship, for instance family disruption, poverty, violence, substance abuse, and racism. Trains clinicians, educators, and prevention specialists throughout the USA and Canada (http://www.embracethefuture.org.au/resiliency/).
- Resiliency Resource Centre:
A project of the Mental Health Foundation of Australia, the Embrace the Future Resiliency Resource Centre is a web site for teachers, parents and other people who work with or care for children. It provides information about resiliency and how to foster it in children (www.embracethefuture.org).
Other Relevant Websites:
- Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/
- Network of Care (Mental and Behavioral Health) provides vital information to help link consumers to support groups and personal advocacy resources in the community: http://networkofcare.org/index2.cfm?productid=2
- Pennsylvania Families Incorporated: provides various information for families across the commonwealth www.pafamiliesinc.com
- Acquired Brain Injury Network Of Pennsylvania, Inc. http://www.abin-pa.org
- Medline Plus - Teen Mental Health http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/teenmentalhealth.html
- A Family Guide to Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System, October 2012; published by the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission.
- Infant Early Learning GPS (Guiding Parents Smoothly). From Pennsylvania's Promise for Children, this new tool helps families set the right course for their children's success in kindergarten and beyond. An interactive way for families to think about what they can do to support their children's experience, the GPS is designed as an online quiz to create an engaging learning experience. Families choose the answer that best fits their situation and receive customized tips and resources based on their answer. Families are reminded that although this is set up as a quiz, it is not a test. There are no scores and no "wrong" answers - just the answer that they feel is right. Toddler and preschool versions are also in development.
- Hear-Me.net: Collects audio stories from Pennsylvania youth on their concerns about school climate. Based in Allegheny County and in affiliation with Education Law Center, the sponsors of Hear-me.net are launching a statewide campaign. To share audio, video or written stories, a youth must have written consent provided to the website by a parent if under 18.
- Child Trends Briefs in Adolescent Health Highlights Series: These briefs review research about adolescent health, including trends, and highlight promising approaches for improving adolescent health. New titles available in January 2013 are “Mental Health Disorders,” “Access to Mental Health Care,” and “Positive Mental Health: Resilience.”The briefs include strategies and approaches to reducing mental health disorders among adolescents. Early intervention or prevention can be an effective way to address potential mental disorders before they reach the stage requiring treatment.
- Dynamics of Multidisciplinary Team Treatment Planning for a Child with Reactive Attachment Disorder: From Despair to Hope in an Interagency Team Process at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/Innovations_Biever_Johncour.pdf. 2009. John A. Biever, MD and Barbara G. Johncour
- A Mental Health Practitioner's Guide to Positive Behavior Support for Children With Disabilities and Problem Behavior at School at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/Practitioners_Guide_2001.pdf. 2001. Timothy P. Knoster, EdD
- Effective Family Based Mental Health Services for Youth With Serious Emotional Disturbance in Pennsylvania: The Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy Model at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/FBMHS_2004.pdf. 2004. Marion Lindblad-Goldberg, PhD, C. Wayne Jones, PhD, and Martha Dore, PhD.
- Evidence-Based Treatment: What It Is and How It Can Help Children at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/Evidence_Based_Practice_2005.pdf. 2005 Paul W. Kettlewell, Marolyn E. Morford, and Heather V. A. Hoover.
- Family Resilience: Surviving and Thriving at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/Family_Resilience_Marsh.pdf. 2003. Diana T. Marsh, PhD.
- Fostering Resilience: A Strengths-Based Approach to Mental Health at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/Fostering_Resilience_Coatsworth.pdf. 2003. Douglas J. Coatsworth, PhD, and Larissa Duncan, BS.
- Guidelines for Best Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/Child_Adolescent_Best_Practices_2007.pdf. Updated, 2007. Department of Public Welfare, OMHSAS.
- How to Think, Not What to Think: A Cognitive Approach to Prevention of Early High-Risk Behaviors in Children at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/Early_High_Risk_1997.pdf. 1997. Myrna B. Shure, PhD.
- Preventing Mental Disorders in School Age Children: A Review of the Effectiveness of Prevention Programs at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/Prevention_Programs_Review_2000.pdf. 2000. Mark T Greenberg, PhD, Celene Domitrovich, PhD, and Brian Bumbarger.
- Preventing Youth Suicide: Risk Factors, Implications, and Strategies at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/Preventing_Youth_Suicide_2003.pdf. 2003. Mary Margaret Kerr, EdD and Emily K. Traupman.
- School-wide Positive Behavior Support: Preventing the Escalation of Antisocial Behavior in Schools at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/School-wide_Support_2006.pdf. 2006. Barry McCurdy, PhD, and Kristin Sawka, PhD.
- Services for Transition Age Youth: How Two Counties Implemented Pilot Project Funding at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/Transition_Age_Project_2006.pdf. 2006. Susan Schoolfield.
- To Walk in Troubling Shoes: Another Way to Think About the Challenging Behavior of Children and Adolescents at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/Troubling_Shoes_2000.pdf. 2000. Bernie Fabry, PhD.
- Unraveling the Mystery of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/PediatricBPD_Hodas.pdf. 2009. Gordon Hodas, MD
- Working with Children and Adolescents Who Are Defiant: Unconditional Respect Comes First at http://www.parecovery.org/documents/Unconditional_Respect_Hodas.pdf. 2009 Gordon Hodas, MD
- Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/summary.html)
This Report of the Surgeon General on Mental Health is the product of an invigorating collaboration between two federal agencies: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which provides national leadership and funding to the states and many professional and citizen organizations that are striving to improve the availability, accessibility, and quality of mental health services, was assigned lead responsibility for coordinating the development of the report and The National Institutes of Health (NIH), which supports and conducts research on mental illness and mental health through its National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). This report recognizes the inextricably intertwined relationship between our mental health and our physical health and well-being. The report emphasizes that mental health and mental illnesses are important concerns at all ages.
- President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/mentalhealthcommission/press/july03press.htm)
President George W. Bush established the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in 2002 as part of his commitment to eliminate inequality for Americans with disabilities. The Commission was directed to identify policies that could be implemented by federal, state, and local governments to maximize the utility of existing resources, improve coordination of treatments and services, and promote successful community integration for adults with a serious mental illness and children with a serious emotional disturbance. The commission submitted the final report in 2003. The final report to the President offers a vision of hope and recovery for people with a serious mental illness and their families.
Thank you to the Pennsylvania Recovery and Resiliency website for much of this relevant information (http://www.parecovery.org/resources_newsletters.shtml).
If you are unable to find what you are looking for in the Youth and Family Training Institute website, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.866.462.3292.
Here are additional resources that you may find useful:
- Apps for Children with Special Needs: provides information about applications developed for the iPhone, iPad and iPod to assist children with special needs and their caregivers.
- Guide to Identify Youth at Risk for Alcohol Problems:from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; includes a two-question risk assessment as well as links to resources for motivational interviewing.
- New Website for Adolescent Health from the Office of Adolescent Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Includes information on physical, mental and reproductive health; substance abuse and healthy relationships; national and state fact sheets, tips for talking with adolescents, research summaries, and adolescent health resources.
- Advocates for Youth… Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) youth (National website
- Education Law Center
- Free Cell Phones for Eligible Families
- Mental Health Association
- Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania
- Mental Health Association – Children
- National Association for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
- Pennsylvania Youth Outreach Union
- Independent LGBTQ youth center in Philadelphia
- Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- The Nth Degree: The Disability Culture
Programs that provide crucial connectivity to families that would otherwise not be able to afford a mobile phone or landline: