“Parenting Perspectives” provides family-friendly resources to understand DSM-5

The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) was released in May of this year, and it signals changes for many children already diagnosed with mental health disorders, especially those with autism and mood disorders.

Often touted as the psychiatrist’s “bible,” the DSM is  published by the American Psychiatric Association and establishes the almost universal standard by which
doctors classify, diagnose and ultimately treat mental disorder.
West Virginia “Parenting Perspectives” newsletter, May 2013 issue, provides some great articles to help families of children and adolescents wtih mental  health issues understand the changes.

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History of West Virginia’s System of Care partnership


The West Virginia Commission to Study Residential Placements of Children was created by an act of the 2005 Legislature (HB 2334; Section 49-7-34 of WV Code), to achieve systemic reform for youth at risk of out-of-home residential placement, and to establish an integrated system of care for these youth and their families.

In 2006, the Commission designated the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources to provide oversight and implement the recommendations of the Commission, and to develop a statewide System of Care Implementation Team in order to direct, oversee and monitor all activities related to developing a System of Care for children and their families.