News From The Field

Focal Point – Summer 2014: Youth and Co-Occuring Disorders

April 28, 2014 | John Ossowski

The Pathways Research and Training Center (RTC) at Portland State University has published its Summer 2014 Edition of Focal Point (a publication centered on youth, young adults and mental health). It is alarming to note that between one-third and one-half of young adults with mental health challenges have co-occurring substance use issues. This edition of Focal Point examines treatments and supports for this population.

Punishing Juveniles for Status Offenses: Are We Making Progress?

April 25, 2014 | John Ossowski

Over the past decade, the U.S. has moved away from detaining and incarcerating youth for status offenses (like curfew violations). However, as this report details, there is still much more progress to be made.

Girls’ Mental Health and Romantic Relationships: Press Release from the American Sociological Association

April 25, 2014 | John Ossowski

A new study shows that girls face an increased risk of depression, suicidal ideation and suicide attempt when romantic relationships don’t play out as expected.

Participate in a Demonstration Project of the National Certification Process for Parent Support Providers

April 22, 2014 | John Ossowski

The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is asking for your participation in a demonstration project. This letter from Gary Blau and Sandra Spencer tells more about the opportunity – and you can complete this application if you are interested.

Reclaiming Children: The Online Magazine of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

April 15, 2014 | John Ossowski

A retrospective on the family movement, youth movement and beyond – as well as policy updates and suggestions for celebrating National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week – is featured in this issue of Reclaiming Children, the online magazine of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive – New Federal Effort to Support Healthy Child Development

April 15, 2014 | John Ossowski

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families unveils a new initiative to encourage healthy child development. Learn more about the “Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive” effort.

Free “How To” Webinar on Starting and Supporting Family Advisory Groups

April 15, 2014 | John Ossowski

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation is offering this free webinar on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 11AM – noon.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is May 4 – 10, 2014 – Are You Ready?

April 15, 2014 | John Ossowski

We’re less than a month away from Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. How do you plan to celebrate? You can get involved by participating in Creating Community Solutions and incorporating the “I won’t stand for…” campaign into your efforts.

Grant Announcement: Healthy Transitions for Youth and Young Adults with, or at Risk for, Serious MHC

April 15, 2014 | John Ossowski

SAMHSA announces its “Now is the Time” Healthy Transitions RFAs to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults ages 16 – 25 that either have, or are at risk of developing a serious mental health condition. Deadline to apply is June 13, 2014.

The Challenging Role of Peer Support Specialists

April 10, 2014 | John Ossowski

Peer Support Specialists face special challenges in their roles. This article discusses the need to set and maintain healthy boundaries while maintaining the integrity of recovery on both sides of the supportive relationship.