Mental Health

Grade Retention: What's the Prevailing Policy and What Needs to be Done?

This is a long-standing problem in our"age-graded" school system. And, it continues to be one of the most contentious issues in public education. Neither grade retention nor social promotion are recipes for narrowing the achievement gap or reducing dropouts. It is time for policy that doesn't "wait for failure;" it's time for a policy that doesn't react in ways that end up being more punitive than corrective. 

Government Innovators Network at Havard Kennedy School

This portal is produced by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, and is a marketplace of ideas and examples of government innovation. Browse or search to access news, documents, descriptions of award-winning programs, and information on events in your area related to innovation.

Focal Point: Research, Policy, and Practice in Children's Mental Health: Youth empowerment and participation in mental health care. 23(2), Summer 2009

This issue of Focal Point highlights a number of successful and innovative efforts to promote youth voice and youth empowerment. Many of the articles are authored by or include contributions from youth who are directly involved in the featured programs

Facts about young adults, mental health, & online information seeking

This factsheet explains some reasons why young adults search for mental health information on the internet.

Designing a Recovery-Oriented Care Model for Adolescents & Transition Age Youth with Substance...

On November 13 and 14, 2008, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) invited family members, youth in treatment or posttreatment for substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders, providers, researchers, and Federal and State-level policy-makers to participate in a consultative session designed to develop a recovery-oriented care model for adolescents and transition age youth with substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders (SU/COD)

AsktheJudge.info

AsktheJudge.info is a teen law website answering teens' and parents' questions about teen legal issues including teens' rights and the laws that affect them. The 'You and the Internet' category specifically addresses cyberbullying, sexting, free speech and the Internet and other issues involving online behavior.

Best Practices for Increasing Meaningful Youth Participation in Collaborative Team Planning.

Best Practices for Increasing Meaningful Youth Participation in Collaborative Team Planning, shares some information about how to create plans with youth, so that youth will see the plans as a means to help them move towards important life goals.  

Blazing the Trail: A New Direction for Youth Development and Leadership: Summit Report

The 2007 Blazing the Trail summit facilitated national dialogue on actions that need to be taken to improve policy and practice in the youth development and leadership field, and to ensure that youth with disabilities (including those with mental health needs), are included in opportunities available to all youth. The report details the dialogue that took place among youth with and without disabilities, state and federal policy makers, and community, state, and federal organization leaders including the important priority action steps identified by the participants.

Bullying Safety Resource Page

A resource page listing free articles, videos,and podcasts about bullying prevention safety skills - as well as low cost publications for sale and training resources. Kidpower is a nonprofit organization that takes a skills-based approach to preparing children and their adults to address bullying, abuse, and other safety problems in a positive, proactive way. 

Career Planning Begins with Assessment

To successfully make the transition from school to adult life and the world of work, adolescents and young adults need guidance and encouragement from caring, supportive adults. The best decisions and choices made by transitioning youth are based on sound information including appropriate assessments that focus on the talents, knowledge, skills, interests, values, and aptitudes of each individual.