A SAMHSA sponsored two-part series webinar presented by the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), took place Monday, August 8, 2022 from 2:00-3:30pm Eastern Time (Part One) and Wednesday, August 10, 2022 from 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Time (Part Two) called “Youth Residential Homes – We know there are problems, what can we do to improve community-based services?”.
Numerous recent reports and news stories have clearly demonstrated the ongoing problems with youth residential facilities for youth with serious mental illness or emotional disturbance.
What can advocates, state officials, families, and the individuals themselves do to foster a community based system within their state or territory to provide needed services and supports for these youth? This webinar will review recent reports and news stories documenting the issues with youth residential facilities and discuss work in two states (Maine and Massachusetts) to foster the creation of community-based services for youth with serious mental illness and emotional disturbance. Speakers will review specific remedies that have been implemented at the state and local level, as well as some recently proposed initiatives.
1. Understand the threat posed by unnecessary institutionalization of children and youth with disabilities, especially those with serious mental illness (SMI) or emotional disturbance (SED).
2. Know the various methods by which advocates have challenged institutionalization of children or youth with SMI or SED.
3. Be prepared to advocate at the state level for systemic improvements to community based mental health service systems for children and youth with SMI or SED.
•Diane Smith Howard, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
•Kathryn Rucker, Center for Public Representation (CPR)
•Katrina Ringrose, Disability Rights Maine
•Atlee Reilly, Disability Rights Maine
•Eric Buehlmann, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
**We do not offer CEU credits however a letter of attendance will be sent to everyone who registered when the webinar is complete.
****Live closed-captioning is available for this webinar, however, should you need other accommodations, please specify. Thank you!