Families formed through adoption, foster care and kinship connections are at higher risk of experiencing mental health problems. Formed Families Forward has compiled some local, state and national resources:
- Northern Virginia Mobile Crisis Unit for youth- The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) sponsors CR2, Children’s Regional Crisis Response program, 24-hour rapid response to youth (17 and younger) who are facing a mental health and/or substance use crisis. Counselors provide phone screening and face-to-face assessment, intervention, and support. The free service is available by calling 1-844-627-4747.
- CrisisLink offers free and confidential phone and text hotlines.
- Virginia’s Children’s Services Act provides for services to children and youth who are in foster care or require foster care preventive services, who require placement in private schools to receive special education, who have behavioral and mental health challenges, or who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Community Services Boards throughout Virginia offer a range of services for adults and youth with mental health challenges, as well as for those with intellectual disabilities and substance abuse problems. Emergency services are available.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Virginia offers opportunities that support, educate, and empower other families with children and youth with mental health needs while also promoting family driven and youth guided policy throughout the child serving systems.
- NAMI of Northern Virginia offers a number of support groups for families and individuals struggling with mental illness. Find the list of support groups as well as other resources form NAMI of Northern Virginia.
- The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health offers a wealth of resources and free membership.
- The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a number of web resources including a Behavioral Health Treatment Locator and the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.
- Beacon Tree is a Richmond-area foundation that is dedicated to being an advocate for the family, providing education and financial resources to help heal children struggling with mental health.
- The National Institute of Mental Health provides information and resources on specific disorders, the latest research and how to access treatments.
- The Child Mind Institute in New York City hosts a website that reports latest developments in children and adolescent mental health research and intervention.
- Children’s Mental Health Network provides weekly news and unbiased analysis of key issues through accessible web-based platforms focused on children, youth and families’ mental health and well-being.
- The Learning & Working Transitions RTC at University of Massachusetts Medical Center focuses on youth and young adults ages 14-30 who have serious mental health conditions, conducting cutting-edge research on age appropriate programs that support education, training, and working during the transition to adulthood.
- Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion offers resources for parents/caregivers who have mental illness.
- Report of Expert Panel: What Does Research Tell Us About Services for Children in Therapeutic/Treatment Foster Care with Behavioral Health Issues?– This 2014 report summarizes findings from an expert panel convened by federal agencies to address research on effective approaches to TFC.
- Information about substance use disorder treatment and referral to treatment resources is available from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
- Understanding Addiction from the Harvard University School of Medicine.
- Some students with mental health challenges may be considered students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; some may also be considered students with disabilities who require special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Learn more about Section 504 with this Parent and Educator Resource Guide on Section 504 from the US Department of Education. More information about IDEA can be found HERE.
Formed Families Forward offers on-site Stronger Together peer support groups for youth and young adults ages 14-22, and for parents and caregivers, twice monthly during the academic year. Learn more about Stronger Together groups HERE.