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!

Click here for a menu of all our West Virginia Toolkits to put Values into Action.

“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…

A Family Guide for Children with Mental Health Needs

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samhsa family guide coverYou may have come to this website because you are concerned that your child needs help getting along with others, controlling his or her behavior, or expressing emotions. Depending on your child’s needs and your family’s situation, you might look for help from schools, health clinics or hospitals, health insurance providers, community mental health centers, social service programs, and, possibly, the courts.

Working with several different providers can be confusing, even overwhelming, unless they partner with you as a team to focus on your goals, strengths, and needs. In a system of care, each family defines its own strengths, the things it wants to change, and the kinds of help and support needed to reach the family’s goals.

This website can help guide you to service providing partners in “your neck of the woods” of West Virginia.  A great place to start is to click here on the Family Guide to Systems of Care to help you figure out:

  • What you need to know
  • What questions to ask
  • What you can expect; and
  • What you can do.

If you still need to locate help, or your expectations are not being met, there are partners working with the West Virginia System of Care who can help you find answers.

Region 4 Clinical Review Schedule for 2014

February 27 @ 10AM

March 27 @ 10AM

April 24 @ 10AM

May 22 @ 10AM

June 26 @ 10AM

July 24 @ 10AM

August 28 @ 10AM

September 25 @ 10AM

October 23 @ 10AM

November 20  @ 10AM

December 18  @ 10AM

All are held at Pressley Ridge, Crab Orchard, WV

Region 4 also has the second Tuesday of each month available as a back-up date for any emergencies or overflow from the first date.

 

Bobby Griffith,  BA, LSW
Regional Clinical Coordinator, Region IV
832 Neville Street, Suite B
Beckley, WV 25801
(304) 673-5995-Cell  (304) 929-4130-Office  (304) 929-4134 –Fax

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 2 Clinical Review Schedule for 2014

January 14 @ 10AM

February 11 @ 10AM

March 11 @ 10AM

April 8 @ 10AM

May 13 @ 10AM

June 10 @ 10AM

July 8 @ 10AM

August 12 @ 10AM

September 9 @ 10AM

October 14 @ 10AM

November 25 @ 10AM

December 9 @ 10AM

Region 2 also has the 4th Tuesday of each month available as a back-up date for any emergencies or overflow from the first date.  November’s RCRT will be scheduled on the 4th Tuesday as the original date is a holiday.  Also, start time is subject to change depending on the number of cases being reviewed.

All are at Necco, 200 Bonnie Boulevard in Huntington.

Sarah Jenkins, BSW, LSW
West Virginia System of Care
Region 2 Clinical Coordinator
Braley & Thompson, Inc.
301 RHL Boulevard Suite 207
South Charleston, WV 25309
(304) 421-3538 Cell (Preferred)
(304) 744-2155 X 202 Office
(304) 744-2731 Fax
sjenkins@rescare.com
www.wvsystemofcare.org

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

West Virginia Circle of Parents – pilot groups trained and underway across WV

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.  As the State Steering Committee for Service Array development, the WV System of Care State Implementation Team reviewed various models and endorsed Circle of Parents as the Parent Mutual Support Model to implement in West Virginia.
Prevent Child Abuse WV launched Circle of Parents in West Virginia in September 2012 by training facilitators from six organizations. The pilot phase of the project runs through June 2013, and training for additional groups and facilitators is planned for late spring of 2013.

Circle of Parents pilot groups roster – 2012 (Adobe pdf document)

Help for Youth Transitioning from Foster Care

IMM_logoResearch shows that young adults leaving the foster care system are more likely to experience financial hardship and other overwhelming challenges. Many are alone for the first time after years of out of home care.  It’s My Move is a West Virginia program that works with youth ages 16 – 21 years and offers a unique opportunity to live independently through social and adaptive living skills training in a supportive atmosphere.  The program’s website offers referral information for eligible youth, plus downloadable checklists, links and other self-help resources for any young person seeking the way to successful adult living.