Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health

Mental Health

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Featured Resource

Psychopharmacology 101 (Self-Paced Module)

Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (2013)

In this half-hour introduction to psychopharmacology, Ross Andelman, M.D., M.F.A., a pediatric and adult psychiatrist, introduces learners to psychotropic medication and explores the following questions: Why are psychotropic medications prescribed? Who can prescribe them? What do we know about how they work? Dr. Andelman also discusses psychotropic medication prescription within the broader context of a comprehensive multidisciplinary mental health treatment plan; potential targets for psychopharmacologic therapy; and the inventory of the currently available psychotropic medications.

Homelessness Among U.S. Youth (PDF)

The National Center on Family Homelessness (2013)

Between 500,000 and 1.7 million unaccompanied youth experience homelessness for at least one night each year. Homelessness is a devastating experience that has a significant negative impact on well-being, functioning, development, physical and mental health, and life trajectory. Systems of care serving youth who are homeless or at risk can provide and connect services among programs to support long-term stability and well-being while working to prevent and end homelessness for youth in the system. Homelessness Among U.S. Youth outlines the challenges and needs of youth who are homeless, discusses a trauma-informed approach to providing services, offers strategies for developing individual service plans, and provides additional resources.

Integrating and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Care Across Diverse Service Systems (PDF)

Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (2013)

Addresses the need of a trauma-informed approach to all systems serving children, youth, and their caregivers; highlights the extent and impact of trauma in the lives of children and youth across various service systems; identifies the core principles and key components of trauma-informed care; and provides tips and resources for adopting and sustaining a trauma-informed approach across systems of care.

Models for Developing Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Systems and Trauma-Specific Services(PDF)

National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, CMHS, SAMHSA (2008)

Includes author descriptions of trauma service models identified by states and organizations and descriptions of evidence-based and promising practice models. The models are designed to address trauma in the lives of children, their parents or caregivers and adults.