Below are Suggested Organizations and Sites which Provide Tools for Youth and Young Adults
Redtreehouse.org was created to provide a welcoming and vibrant online community for families and professionals to explore resources to help children and young adults, prenatal through age 25. Red Treehouse established its roots in a partnership between Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF) and the Ronald McDonald House® of Cleveland, Inc. (RMH). OFCF, founded in 1993, is a partnership of state and local government, communities and families that enhances the well-being of Ohio’s children and families by building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging and empowering families.
Youth M.O.V.E. National
Youth M.O.V.E National is a youth led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. The members of Youth M.O.V.E. National work as a diverse collective to unite the voices and causes of youth while raising awareness around youth issues. We will advocate for youth rights and voice in mental health and the other systems that serve them, for the purpose of empowering youth to be equal partners in the process of change.
Youth M.O.V.E Ohio
YouthMOVE Ohio is a youth led organization devoted to improving services and systems to support youth inclusion, mental wellness, positive supports and healthy transition. YouthMOVE Ohio empowers youth to advocate for themselves and live healthy, meaningful lives. Our vision is a world where youth are respected for their experience and given the tools and supports they need to succeed. YouthMOVE Ohio advocates for youth rights and youth voices at a national, state and local level. We empower youth to be equal partners in the processes that impact them and offer support and guidance.Transition to Independence Process (TIP) and the
National Network on Youth Transition (NNYT) for Behavioral Health
The National Network is the only technical assistance resource that is exclusively focused on improving practices, systems, and outcomes for transition-age youth and young adults and their families. Stars Training Academy, a division of Stars Behavioral Health Group, (SBHG) collaborates with community agencies across North America to provide enriched training and customized consultation to achieve high fidelity and sustainable implementation of evidence-supported and evidence-based practices. The Stars Training Academy serves as the purveyor of the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model. The National Network on Youth Transition (NNYT) is a semi-autonomous entity that is under the SBHG umbrella. NNYT is responsible for defining and applying fidelity and certification standards for the implementation and sustainability of the TIP Model.
Achieve My Plan (AMP) | A Randomized Field-Test of Youth Engagement in Mental Health Treatment Planning
For young people aged 11.5-18 with serious mental health conditions, a comprehensive, team-based approach is increasingly seen as the preferred mechanism for creating and monitoring treatment plans. Unfortunately, the young people themselves rarely participate meaningfully in these kinds of interdisciplinary planning teams. As a result, they can become disengaged from the planning process and unmotivated to participate in the planned treatment. The Achieve My Plan! (AMP) study tested a promising intervention that was developed by researchers at Portland State University, in collaboration with young people who have mental health conditions, service providers and caregivers. The study systematically evaluated the impact of the AMP intervention on youth participation and engagement in treatment planning, youth empowerment, and youth mental health and recovery outcomes.
Focal Point (Pathways Research and Training Center, Portland State University
The Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures annually publishes the research review Focal Point, which is mailed free of charge to 18,000+ readers. Each issue of Focal Point explores a topic related to youth and young adult mental health and the transition to adulthood. Contributing authors offer perspectives and research from a variety of fields, including social work, psychology, sociology, juvenile justice, child welfare, public health, public policy, and neuroscience. The RTC for Pathways to Positive Futures aims to improve the lives of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions through rigorous research and effective training and dissemination. Our work is guided by the perspectives of young people and their families, and based in a positive development framework.
Below are Suggested Organizations and Sites which Provide Tools for Family Supports
The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA)
FREDLA’s mission is to empower and strengthen executive leaders of family-run organizations focused on the well-being of children and youth with mental health, emotional or behavioral challenges and their families. The Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) serves as the national representative and advocate for family-run organizations and their executive directors, and supports effective stewardship of family-run organizations. FREDLA informs its members on current and emerging policy issues, provides education on research and other program findings and best practices, provides or facilitates professional development opportunities and other consultation and technical assistance, collaborate with stakeholders and facilitates peer-to-peer sharing across member family-run organizations.
National Federation for Children’s Mental Health
The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. It was conceived in Arlington, Virginia in February, 1989 by a group of 18 people determined to make a difference in the way the system works. Members of the National Federation come from all walks of life. Emotional, behavioral or mental health needs cut across all income, educational, geographical, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. They are found among single parents and two-parent families and in birth, adoptive, and foster families. The National Federation works to develop and implement policies, legislation, funding mechanisms, and service systems that utilize the strengths of families. Its emphasis on advocacy offers families a voice in the formation of national policy, services and supports for children with mental health needs and their families.
The National Directory of Family-Run & Youth-Guided Organizations for Children’s Behavioral Health
The directory lists family-run and youth-guided organizations and support groups throughout the United States, US Territories and Tribal Nations. You can search our database to find organizations across the country run by families or youth consumers that are working to support families who have children and adolescents with behavioral health challenges and to improve behavioral health services and supports. Behavioral health services include mental health and substance abuse services. The Directory provides contact information for family and youth organizations and support groups seeking to connect with other family and youth organizations; assists families and youth in locating other organizations’ websites; helps families, system of care planners, and practitioners to identify existing family-run and youth-guided organizations and the types of services and supports provided; and, provides the latest and most accurate information on family-run and youth-guided organizations whose focus is on children’s behavioral health issues
Quick Guide for Self-Assessment for Family-Run Organizations in Systems of Care
The Quick Guide is for use by family-run organizations. The guide is divided into nine sections addressing important elements of family-run organization development and sustainability. Each section represents several components or characteristics of effective family-run organizations in a system of care. A brief description of the element and its components and characteristics is presented at the beginning of each section. The description is followed by exercises designed to help you, as a family-run organization representative or team, begin your self-assessment and planning in that area.
Suicide Prevention and Runaway Safeline Resources:
The Trevor Project:
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. In 1994, producers Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone saw writer/performer James Lecesne bring to life Trevor, a character he created as part of his award-winning one-man show WORD OF MOUTH. Convinced Trevor’s story would make a wonderful short film, Stone and Rajski invited Lecesne to adapt it into a screenplay. Rajski directed the movie and TREVOR went on to win many prestigious awards including the Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 160 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is independently evaluated by a federally-funded investigation team from Columbia University’s Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene. The Lifeline receives ongoing consultation and guidance from national suicide prevention experts, consumer advocates, and other stakeholders through the Lifeline’s Steering Committee, Consumer/Survivor Committee, and Standards, Training and Practices Committee.
Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation
The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation is a prevention, education and resource organization. Our Vision is to provide suicide prevention organizations information and resources, raise awareness, eliminate stigma, and increase help-seeking behavior for all Ohioans. To promote suicide prevention as a public health issue and advance evidence-based awareness, intervention and methodology strategies which will support all Ohio-based suicide prevention efforts. In Ohio 1,200 Ohioans die by suicide each year, an average of 3 persons a day. For every homicide in Ohio, there are 2 suicides. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people 15-24. Suicide is the eleventh ranking cause of death for all ages. Males account for 79% of Ohio’s suicides, females account for 21% and 13% of suicides are persons 65 years or older. As reported by the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 27% of Ohio’s teens report feeling depressed, 18% report seriously considering suicide and 9% of Ohio’s teens report attempting suicide during the past year.
Youth Suicide Prevention School-Based Guide:
The Youth Suicide Prevention School-Based Guide is designed to provide accurate, user-friendly information. First, checklists can be completed to help evaluate the adequacy of the schools’ suicide prevention programs. Second, information is offered in a series of issue briefs corresponding to a specific checklist. Each brief offers a rationale for the importance of the specific topic together with a brief overview of the key points. The briefs also offer specific strategies that are supported by research in reducing the incidence of suicidal behavior, with references that schools may then explore in greater detail. A resource section with helpful links is also included. The Guide will help to provide information to schools to assist them in the development of a framework to work in partnership with community resources and families.
National Runaway Safeline
The mission of the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is to help keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. NRS provides education and solution-focused interventions, offers non-sectarian, non-judgmental support, respects confidentiality, collaborates with volunteers, and responds to at-risk youth and their families. The 1-800-RUNAWAY hotline and 1800RUNAWAY.org online crisis services are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year throughout the United States and its territories, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.The organization serves as the federally designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. Our services are provided through funding from Family and Youth Services Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the generosity of private funders: individual donors, corporate partners, and foundation grants.
Project Aware Ohio
Project AWARE Ohio is a partnership between the Ohio Department of Education, the Center for School Based-Mental Health Programs at Miami University and the educational service centers within three pilot communities: Cuyahoga County, Warren County and Wood County. Funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Project AWARE Ohio supports schools and communities in: Raising awareness of behavioral health issues among school-aged youth; Providing training to detect and respond to mental health challenges and crisis in children and young adults; and Increasing access to behavioral health supports for children, youth and families.
Behavioral Health Advocacy
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law:
The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Bazelon Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities. The Bazelon Center pursues a progressive mental health policy agenda (see Where We Stand and In Congress), particularly at the federal level, to reform systems and programs to protect the rights of children and adults with mental disabilities to lead lives with dignity in the community. Policy staff promote these goals in federal legislation and regulation, policy analysis and research, and technical assistance to state and local advocates.
Resiliency Ohio seeks to empower youth and families to expect, define, and experience a lifetime of hope, well being, and achievement with full participation in their communities. It is also to support and develop local mental health systems that foster resiliency at all levels of mental health care and education, including mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention, with the ultimate outcome of resilient individuals, families, and communities. Resiliency Leadership Ohio is a youth-guided, family-driven initiative that is co-facilitated by the Center for Innovative Practices at the Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence at Kent State University, and the Ohio Federation for Children’s Mental Health, with the support of the Ohio Department of Mental Health.
Resiliency Consensus Statement 2009
A resilience-oriented mental health system is affirming of youth and family with unconditional acceptance. Supportive, emotionally safe environments are created, where youth and families can share their vulnerabilities and weaknesses safely and without judgment. Validation is a shared experience in which each provider journeys to discover and appreciate the family’s culture, circumstances, and life realities. The youth and family are validated for their courage, efforts, and persistence, knowing that progress is sometimes very difficult, and that “hanging in there” is sometimes all that is possible at any given point in a family’s life. Youth with mental health disabilities and their families are doing the best they can, not only maintaining, but “surviving well.”
Resiliency Trumps Aces
All young people thrive and parents raise their children with consistency and nurturance to develop lasting resilience in the community as a whole. Mobilizing the community through dialogue to radically reduce the number of adverse childhood experiences while building resilience and a more effective service delivery system.This page attempts to recognize that without partners like Annett, who know that shame and blame have no place in our human interactions, that fear-based responses and punitive systems must be replaced with love-based, conscious awareness of how we operate at the relationship level and thus our highest energy state, we would not be where we are today in spreading this movement.
Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)
Founded in 1998, the Praed Foundation seeks to support transformational activities in human services, with a special emphasis on improving the lives of children and families. The Foundation has a variety of projects that supports its mission including managing flexible funding for youth with mental health needs in the juvenile justice system. The primary work of the Foundation is in support of a mass collaboration of individuals who seek to use evidence-based assessments as an approach to working together to maintain the focus of human service enterprise on the people they serve. As such, the Praed Foundation maintains the copyrights on the Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths, the Family Advocacy and Support Tool, the Crisis Assessment Tool, and the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment to ensure that they remain free for anyone to use who shares this commitment.
Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment –Transition:
The Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA) is a multi-purpose tool developed for adult’s behavioral health services to support decision making, including level of care and service planning, to facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and to allow for the monitoring of outcomes of services. The ANSA is currently used in a number of states and Canada in applications hospitals, emergency departments, psychosocial rehabilitation programs, and ACT programs. The CANS was developed from a communication perspective so as to facilitate the linkage between the assessment process and the design of individualized service plans including the application of evidence-based practices.
Effective Financing Strategies
The Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health (RTC) at the University of South Florida conducted several five-year studies to identify critical implementation factors that support states, communities, tribes, and territories in their efforts to build effective systems of care to serve children and adolescents with or at risk for serious emotional disturbances and their families. One of these studies examined financing strategies used by states, communities, and tribes to support the infrastructure, services, and supports that comprise systems of care. The study of effective financing practices for systems of care was initiated in October 2004 and was conducted jointly by the RTC, the Human Service Collaborative of Washington, DC, the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University, and Family Support Systems, Inc. of Arizona. The study was supported with federal funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the Department of Education and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).