Youth Guided Care: What is it, why is it important, and how do we provide it?

A new WV System of Care toolkit on Youth-Guided Care has been added to our website, with tips, tools and resources for young people, families, service providers, and community leaders.  Click here to check it out!

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“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.

Click here to read more…

Download the 2013 Mental Health Awareness Coloring Book “Out of the Shadows & Into the Light”

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May 6, 2013:  In observance of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week and Mental Health Month in May, a partnership of West Virginia behavioral health providers and family advocacy groups launched a youth art contest in April around themes of understanding mental health and fighting stigma.

The twelve winning entries have been published in an educational coloring book, “Out of the Shadows & Into the Light: Let’s End Mental Health Stigma for a Brighter West Virginia.”  Congratulations to our young artists, including those whose parents/guardians agreed to have their names published:  Michael N. Myers, Jillian Perito, Skylar Jenkins, Logan Walker, Angel Crites, Carlee Silver, Eliza Homel, Andra Taylor, Hannah Secrist and Noah Parker.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, mental health problems are surprisingly common and affect most families in America at some point. But studies also show that most people with mental illnesses get better and many recover completely.  One major barrier to recovery, according to experts, is stigma—the aura of shame and blame that surrounds mental health problems. This fear of mental health problems is a major problem in itself, but it can be overcome through public outreach and education, such as our coloring book and art contest.

Individual copies of the book can be requested free of charge from the child and adolescent departments at each of the state’s Comprehensive Behavioral Health Centers, and through Legal Aid of WV’s Family Advocacy, Support & Training (FAST) Program, Mountain State Parent Child & Adolescent Network (MSPCAN), Youth Move West Virginia, and West Virginia Family Leadership First.  The 12-page publication can also be downloaded here:  2013 MH Month Coloring Book

March 2013: Call for Applications for “Circle of Parents” Support Groups

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March 2013: Call for Applications for “Circle of Parents” Support Groups

PREVENT CHILD ABUSE WEST VIRGINIA—Circle of Parents is a national network of parent-led self-help groups where parents and caregivers share ideas, celebrate successes and address the challenges surrounding parenting. West Virginia launched Circle of Parents in 2012 by training facilitators from six organizations to serve as pilot sites.
Based on the positive experiences from the pilot sites, additional organizations are now invited to join the Network and attend a Facilitator Training Workshop on June 4-5 in Charleston.

Download additional information and the application at this link. Applications are due May 13, 2013.

March 2013: As Affordable Care Act Expands Coverage for Children’s Mental Health Services, New Report Exposes Barriers and Opportunities

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March 2013: As Affordable Care Act Expands Coverage for Children’s Mental Health Services, New Report Exposes Barriers and Opportunities

PRESS RELEASE—With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aiming to expand coverage for critical mental health services, a new study by children’s health policy experts at the George Washington University Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) shows that meaningful improvements will also require state and local governments to address the systemic impediments that lead to significant shortfalls in care.   Read More

October 2012: Report to Legislature Studies WV Childrens’ Behavioral Health Options

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October 2012:  Report to Legislature Studies WV Childrens’ Behavioral Health Options

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY—Every year, the state of West Virginia places between 40 and 60 children under the age of 11 in residential care facilities in other states. Children are primarily placed out of state as state workers, parents, or court officials deem that these placements are needed for behavioral health reasons. There are very few in-state residential services for children this young. The ultimate goal of policymakers and those involved in the welfare of these children is to best serve their needs and provide for the best future outcomes. This report considers the benefits and challenges associated with serving some or all of these children in West Virginia.  Read More..

December 2012: “Every Voice Matters” WV FAST Advisory Committee Annual Report

FAST Annual Report 12-14-12

The goal of Family Advocacy, Support & Training (FAST) is to develop a statewide parent and youth support network that will empower families of children and youth with behavioral and mental health needs to participate in planning, management, and evaluation of their child’s treatment and service needs, and to drive meaningful improvements in child-serving systems.

2012 FAST Annual Report

Region 3 Clinical Review Schedule for 2014

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January 16th @10 am

February 6th @10 am

March 6th @10 am

April 3rd @10 am

May 1st @ 10 am

June 5th @10 am

July 3rd @ 10 am unless it is determined by RCRT to move to next date

July 17th possible reschedule from July 3rd

August 7th @ 10am

September 4th @ 10 am

October 2nd @10 am

November 6th @ 10 am

December 4th @ 10 am

 *** The third Thursday is open for reviews if there is an emergency case that needs reviewed. At DHHR’s request we will be leaving this date open for those cases.

All are at Family Preservation Service in Romney.  For more information, contact:

Melinda “Mindy” Umstot, BS
West Virginia System of Care
Region 3 Clinical Coordinator
Family Preservation Services of WV, Inc.
285 W. Birch Lane
Romney, West Virginia 26757
(304) 822-2670 Office
(304) 822-8820 Fax
(304) 703-0822 Cell Phone  

mumstot@fpscorp.com

Region 1 Clinical Review Schedule for 2014

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January 21st – Wellspring Family Services, Morgantown @ 10 a.m.

February 18th – St. John’s Home, Wheeling @ 10 a.m.

March 18th – Wellspring Family Services, Morgantown @ 10 a.m.

April 15th – St. John’s Home, Wheeling @ 10 a.m.

May 20th – Wellspring Family Services, Morgantown @ 10 a.m.

June 17th – St. John’s Home, Wheeling @ 10 a.m.

July 15th – Wellspring Family Services, Morgantown @ 10 a.m.

August 19th – St. John’s Home, Wheeling @ 10 a.m.

September 16th – Wellspring Family Services, Morgantown @ 10 a.m.

October 21st – St. John’s Home, Wheeling @ 10 a.m.

November 18th – Wellspring Family Services, Morgantown @ 10 a.m.

December 16th – St. John’s Home, Wheeling @ 10 a.m.

The 1st Tuesday of the month is the backup Clinical Review date for Region 1.  For more information, contact:

Danielle Lowe, MSW, LGSW
West Virginia System of Care
Region 1 Clinical Coordinator
Wellspring Family Services
165 Scott Ave., Suite 208
Morgantown, WV 26505
Cell: 304-222-5956Phone: 304-292-1716
Fax: 304-292-1766
Email: LLowe@crittentonservices.com