Upcoming Conferences at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Several conferences are scheduled over the next few months. Please consider attending them! Read more
SAMHSA Webinars! Recovery to Practice Winter Webinar Series: Crisis and Recovery
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Recovery to Practice (RTP) workforce development initiative focuses on translating recovery-oriented principles into everyday practice. RTP brings you dynamic webinars that explore multiple perspectives on recovery-oriented practice. Join your colleagues for a four-part webinar series about how to integrate recovery-oriented approaches into response and support services for individuals experiencing mental health crisis. Read more
Youth Support Partner Positions
Allegheny County Department of Human Services is currently accepting resumes for the Youth Support Partner (YSP) Position. This is a Peer Mentor program that works with youth ages 14-21. In order to be a Youth Support Partner, it requires you to have had personal involvement with a child-serving system. Read more
Wraparound is Worth Doing Well: An Evidence-Based Statement
"Anything worth doing is worth doing well". Research tells us we should heed this guidance when delivering our children's behavioral health services. Read more
New Name and New Website for the Department of Public Welfare
The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) is now the Department of Human Services and has introduced a new website! Read more
Training Requirements for New Child Protective Services Laws
"Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania" is a free three-hour online course that provides information on the recognition of child maltreatment, the obligation or opportunity to report child maltreatment, and the procedures for making a report of child maltreatment. Read more
Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs)
Paying Attention to the ACE Study: Check out the article from the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health, which highlights the recent attention to the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study that began in 1995. Additional information about the ACE Study (ACEs) is located on this page, as well. Read more
OMHSAS Receives Youth Suicide Prevention Grant
OMHSAS has been awarded a Suicide Prevention in Schools and Colleges Grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Read more
PA Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative News
The PA Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative (PAYSPI) has announced the winners of the third annual contest for high school students to create public service announcements (PSAs) on suicide prevention. Read more
Children's Mental Health Matters
Dr. Gordon Hodas, consulting child psychiatrist for the Pennsylvania Children's Bureau participates in Advisory Board activities for the Youth and Family Training Institute. He has written a series on mental health and wellness for youth and families and articles on Children's Mental Health Matters with Dr. John Biever. Read more
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
PCIT Continues to Expand Across Pennsylvania Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is now available in 60 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, marking significant expansion over the past several years. Read more
Pennsylvania Families, Inc. (PFI)
Pennsylvania Families, Inc. (PFI) has new contact information. Read more
Trauma Informed Care
New Resources on Trauma-Informed Care Trauma-Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources: a free online tool created by the Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health and JBS International, Inc. Read more
Preventing Suicide - Toolkits, information, downloads and conferences
This page is dedicated to preventing suicide in youth and adults. Please check back frequently for updated information. Read more
Allegheny County Youth Support Partner Unit
The Allegheny County Youth Support Partner Unit has moved. There is a new building address, new e-mail addresses and telephone numbers, and they are hiring! Read more
2015 PA System of Care Partnership Hopes and Dreams Campaign
The PA SOC Partnership is excited to announce the 2015 Hopes & Dreams Campaign!! Read more
Knowledge Network for Systems of Care (KSOC-TV) Webisodes
Technical assistance on critical issues related to mental health needs of children, youth and families. July 17, 2014 - Helping Children on their Journey to Adulthood; August 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST - Supporting Families with LGBTQ Youth; and others! Read more
Healthy Transitions Initiative Toolkit
The HTI Tool Kit displays documents developed and/or used by Healthy Transition Initiative jurisdictions at both the state and community level. As an adaptable and versatile educational resource, this Tool Kit serves as a starting place for those states and communities who are beginning to plan for ways of better meeting the needs of young adults with mental health challenges. Read more
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
Tunnels and Cliffs: A Guide for Workforce Development Professionals and Policymakers serving Youth with Mental Health Needs was developed as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s (ODEP’s) work to help workforce development professionals, administrators, and policymakers increase their understanding of youth with mental health needs and the supports necessary to help them transition into the workforce successfully. Read more
Applications for YFTI Advisory Board Membership being accepted
The Youth and Family Training Institute is currently seeking Advisory Board Applications for youth and family members. If you are interested please read more about the application process under our YFTI Advisory Board Tab. Read more
PA CASSP Newsletter December 2013
December 2013 edition of the PA CASSP Newsletter on "Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health," featuring an article by the Deputy Secretary on related OMHSAS efforts, and YFTI's co-administrator Dr. Ken Nash, among others. Read more
Shield of Care Curriculum
Welcome to the Shield of Care™Curriculum The Shield of CareTM is a groundbreaking suicide prevention curriculum designed specifically for staffs that work in our nation's juvenile justice facilities. Read more
Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grant Awarded to OMHSAS!
The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services was recently was awarded a federal grant of $2 million per year for four years to help create safe and supportive schools and communities. Read more
PA Families Inc. Statewide Family Network is looking for Board Members
PA Families, Inc. aka PFI is undergoing a significant reorganization and is looking to enhance their Board of Directors. They are looking for diversity and statewide representation of families across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PFI is looking for your help in sending out this application to potential applicants so in moving forward PFI is a strong statewide family network. Read more
Final Rule on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity
On November 8, 2013, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL) and the Treasury jointly issued the final rule to implement the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenicic Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). Read more
National Council... 50 Years, 50 Stories!
Far too often, mental illnesses and addictions make the headlines only in the wake of tragedies, while stories of hope and courage get little attention. The National Council for Behavioral Health is proud to bring you 50 stories of recovery in a special issue of National Council Magazine to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act. Read Jake Vandel's story about his own journey and his impact as a Peer Support Specialist (page 28). Jake previously served on the Youth and Family Training Institute's Advisory Board as a youth partner. Jake still consults with YFTI on many issues. You can read more about Jake on this website under "Current News". For the 50 stories: Read more
This message is sent on behalf of Deputy Secretary Dennis Marion: I am pleased to announce that Governor Corbett is unveiling an exciting new plan this week called Healthy Pennsylvania. Healthy Pennsylvania is Governor Tom Corbett’s plan to ensure that Pennsylvanians have increased access to quality, affordable health care. Read more
Workgroup Examines Needs of Transition Age Youth and Young Adults
OMHSAS, in collaboration with the children’s committee of the Mental Health Planning Council, has developed a statewide workgroup to more closely examine the needs and system challenges of transition-age youth and young adults (TAYYA). Read more
Concise Affordable Care Act Information
The federal government’s one stop website for individuals and families who are interested in exploring healthcare coverage opportunities through the Affordable Care Act is www.healthcare.gov. The website offered the following, extremely concise summary that might be useful in your efforts to help folks understand what they might need to know about how the Affordable Care Act will affect them. Read more
Transition to Adult Living in Pennsylvania
Website Announcement... The Pennsylvania Department of Health, along with other commonwealth agencies and community partners, recognized the gaps in health and other services for transitioning youth and those with special health care needs. Read more
New Website for Secondary Transition Planning
The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, and the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) have developed a new website for youth and families that addresses planning for secondary transition: www.secondarytransition.org/. Read more
YFTI is in the PA Recovery and Resilience Newsletter!
Check out www.parecovery.org to read about YFTI! Read more
Assistance to Access/Navigate the Behavioral Health Service and Support System
Need Help? If you need assistance to access and/or navigate the behavioral health service and support system for yourself, your child, a family member, or someone you know, please contact our Behavioral Health Navigators. Read more
Trauma and Crisis Resources
As schools and communities are considering prevention and support efforts in light of the recent school tragedy, the PA SOC Partnership wanted to pass along these trauma and crisis resources shared by the TA Partnership. Read more
Disaster Distress Helpline Offers Immediate Crisis Counseling
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746. The recent shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, continues to bring out strong emotions across the Nation. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the many issues and problems that might arise from this tragedy. Read more
Learn More About Preventing Underage Drinking
Nearly 10 million 12- to 20-year-olds in the United States are underage drinkers. These underage drinkers can generate serious negative consequences for individuals, families, and communities. Read more
Five Day HFW Team Training Registration
The Youth and Family Training Institute has several upcoming Five Day High Fidelity Wraparound Team Trainings. The Team Training is for HFW workforce members. If you are a county or provider administrator in a county implementing HFW, or a county who is interested in implementing HFW, please contact Dave Ozias, YFTI Training Specialist (412.856.2787 or Doreen Barkowitz, YFTI Training Coordinator at 412.856.2892. For additional details, please see the Calendar section of our website. Read more
We Have Apples
We Have Apples is a musical that explores mental illness through 'Jane', while in a psychiatric hospital. Read more
Welcome to the Youth and Family Training Institute!
Welcome to the Youth and Family Institute’s (YFTI) website. We are in our ninth year of providing training, coaching, credentialing and evaluation in Pennsylvania’s efforts towards the High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) process. In 2007 YFTI began working with our stakeholders to adapt and refine the HFW Process so that we continue to assure the principles, phases and activities that bring youth and families to the planning table as equal partners in their care. We are currently working with 15 partner counties.
The High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) process is a team-based collaborative process for developing and implementing individualized plans for youth with behavioral health challenges and their families. High Fidelity Wraparound has been standardized by the National Wraparound Initiative and is based on specific principles and phases.
We will work to educate many county administrators, managed care organizations, youth and family members, and interested system partners about HFW in general. We plan to take it even further by facilitating discussions about how HFW can work with a variety of systems, such as juvenile justice, education, Family Based Mental Health Services, child welfare, etc. We are working closely with our partner organization, the PA System of Care Partnership to radically change the way youth and families interact with behavioral health services in Pennsylvania.
We are grateful to the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (PA OMHSAS), the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, Community Care Behavioral Health (CCBH) and the Youth and Family Training Institute’s Advisory Board for their continued support and guidance. They enable us to ensure that our HFW workforce has rigorous training and coaching in order to uphold fidelity to the HFW model. This is wonderful and important for the many youth and families who can benefit from the HFW process.
June, 2016: Great news for our youth and family support partners!
The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) has given the following credit recommendation to the Five Day HFW Team Training:
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, two semester hours as a social science elective (5/16).
For additional information, as well as directions for obtaining an Official Student Record or transcript. Please go to http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/youth-and-family-training
The Youth and Family Training Institute Vision and Mission:
Children and youth with behavioral health challenges and multi-system needs, and their families, will be able to access High Fidelity Wraparound anywhere in Pennsylvania.
To achieve quality family and youth driven outcomes by advancing the philosophy, practice and principles of High Fidelity Wraparound through training, coaching, credentialing and ensuring fidelity to the process.
Youth and Family Training Institute
HFW and System of Care Evaluation Team
Learning communities will be eligible for limited in-person technical assistance. Funding will not be available until they become System of Care partner counties with full commitment to establishing a county leadership team, implementing HFW, and facilitating data collection and outcomes measurement. Counties that apply and are chosen to be learning communities will have access to all online and paper technical assistance tools and marketing materials. And, county residents and staff will be welcome at all PA System of Care Partnership opportunities and events. Learning communities will have more time to find and educate local System of Care champions, engage a broad base of stakeholders and build the foundation necessary for full System of Care implementation. Residents and staff of learning communities will be expected to attend at least two shared learning opportunities per year, always with the option to attend more.
Shared learning opportunities may include groups of counties or specific stakeholder groups (such as youth-only, family-only, juvenile justice or HFW staff) working on implementation improvement with respect to specific System of Care standards. There may be topical training opportunities (youth leadership, cultural competence, etc.) or targeted collaborative work to address specific common barriers and to celebrate successes.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the federal health care reform law, signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The ACA includes over 70 mandatory requirements and changes that the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) must implement. For the past two years, DPW has invested significant resources to comply with the provisions of the ACA.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - A PROCLAMATION
Despite great strides in our understanding of mental illness and vast improvements in the dialogue surrounding it, too many still suffer in silence. Tens of millions of Americans face mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or post-traumatic stress disorder. During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we reaffirm our commitment to building our understanding of mental illness, increasing access to treatment, and ensuring those who are struggling to know they are not alone.
Over the course of a year, one in five adults will experience a mental illness, yet less than half will receive treatment. Because this is unacceptable, my Administration is fighting to make mental health care more accessible than ever. Through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we are extending mental health and substance use disorder benefits and parity protections to over 60 million Americans. Because of the ACA, insurers can no longer deny coverage or charge patients more due to pre-existing health conditions, including mental illness. The ACA also requires health plans to cover recommended preventive services like depression screening and behavioral assessments at no out-of-pocket cost. And under this law, we are expanding services for mental health and substance use disorder at community health centers across the country.
My Administration is also investing in programs that promote mental health among young people. We secured new funding to train teachers to identify and respond to mental illness and to train thousands of additional mental health professionals to serve students. And because it is our sacred obligation to give our veterans the support they have earned, we have increased the number of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mental health providers, enhanced VA partnerships with community providers, and improved Government coordination on research efforts.
We too often think about mental health differently from other forms of health. Yet like any disease, mental illnesses can be treated -- and without help, they can grow worse. That is why we must build an open dialogue that encourages support and respect for those struggling with mental illness. To learn how you can get involved, visit www.MentalHealth.gov<http://www.MentalHealth.gov>. Those seeking immediate help should call 1-800-662-HELP. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also offers immediate assistance for all Americans, including service members and veterans, at 1-800-273-TALK.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2014 as National Mental Health Awareness Month. I call upon citizens, government agencies, organizations, health care providers, and research institutions to raise mental health awareness and continue helping Americans live longer, healthier lives.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.
Which support from YFTI do you find most helpful?
Advance Training and Renewal Program
HFW Workforce Summit/Role Day
Ongoing contact with our staff