Practice Guide

This publication shares guidelines for improving the behavioral health of youth in state custody. Child welfare experts, behavioral health leaders, and child and youth advocates developed this guidance as part of a 2-day conference convened by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs and The REACH Institute.

March 31, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How to empower kids in the child welfare system.

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    Advice on assessing the behavioral health needs of kids entering the system.

  3. 3

    Guidance on serving kids who are prescribed psychotropic medications.

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    How child welfare agencies can support parent engagement.

Key Takeaway

Introducing 32 research-driven ideas for improving the behavioral health of youth in child welfare

This report arms child welfare workers and agencies with 32 best-practice guidelines for serving kids with behavioral health needs. The recommendations span 5 key areas: 1) behavioral health screening and assessment; 2) psychosocial interventions; 3) psychopharmacological interventions; 4) parent support and empowerment; and 5) youth support and empowerment.

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