Materials & References

The Youth and Family Training Institute (YFTI) of the University of Pittsburgh and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) in Pittsburgh, PA was established in 2007 to assist the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (PA OMHSAS) Children’s Bureau in bringing High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) to the 67 counties within the Commonwealth. The Institute was developed with funds from PA OMHSAS, The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, and Community Care Behavioral Health (CCBH), and is managed through a partnership between PA OMHSAS, WPIC and the University of Pittsburgh.

The Youth and Family Training Institute is an organization that has an Advisory Board comprised of one-third family members, one-third youth and one-third professionals who work in Pennsylvania’s child-serving system. Decisions are not made without youth and family input. The PA CASSP (Child and Adolescent Service System Program) Newsletter’s December 2009 edition focuses on The Youth and Family Training Institute and High Fidelity Wraparound. To read this edition and other editions of the newsletter, please visit (click on Publications, Form and Reports, and then Newsletters and Bulletins).

High Fidelity Wraparound is a process that is utilized in many states in the US with children and adolescents who have complex mental health needs. The National Wraparound Initiative engages experts nationally in a process of defining standards and compiling specific strategies for conducting high-quality wraparound. You can find out more about the National Wraparound Initiative (NWI) at

For Additional Information:

Additional Children's Publications and Resources

  • County CASSP and Children's Mental Health Coordinators (listing current as of 02/02/10).
  • The Delaware County Suicide Prevention & Awareness Task Force (DCSPATF)
    The DCSPATF was begun in 2002 by volunteers who care and who want to increase suicide awareness, decrease stigma, and decrease suicide risk in the community. Our mission is to promote understanding that suicide is a preventable community-health problem in our county and to work together toward viable solutions (
  • Friendship Express
    The Friendship Express is the newsletter of the Pennsylvania Compeer Association, published quarterly. This publication is made possible by collaboration between the Pennsylvania Compeer Coalition and the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Links to issues are available under "Compeer" on
  • PeopleFirst
    People First is a publication supported by the Department of Public Welfare and compiled by the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (
  • New York University Child Study Center
    Founded to improve the treatment of child psychiatric disorders through scientific practice, research, and education, and to eliminate the stigma of being or having a child with a psychiatric disorder. Website includes a wealth of information for families (
  • Project Resilience
    Promotes a strengths-based approach to youth and adults struggling to overcome hardship, for instance family disruption, poverty, violence, substance abuse, and racism. Trains clinicians, educators, and prevention specialists throughout the USA and Canada (
  • Resiliency Resource Centre
    A project of the Mental Health Foundation of Australia, the Embrace the Future Resiliency Resource Centre is a web site for teachers, parents and other people who work with or care for children. It provides information about resiliency and how to foster it in children (
  • The Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets®
    are “common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.” There are three lists of developmental assets, made specific for three different age groups: 3-5 years, 8-12 years, and 12-18 years. The lists are available in a variety of languages (

Other Relevant Websites:

Youth Publications

National Publications

  • Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
    This Report of the Surgeon General on Mental Health is the product of an invigorating collaboration between two federal agencies: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which provides national leadership and funding to the states and many professional and citizen organizations that are striving to improve the availability, accessibility, and quality of mental health services, was assigned lead responsibility for coordinating the development of the report and The National Institutes of Health (NIH), which supports and conducts research on mental illness and mental health through its National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). This report recognizes the inextricably intertwined relationship between our mental health and our physical health and well-being. The report emphasizes that mental health and mental illnesses are important concerns at all ages.
  • President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health
    President George W. Bush established the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in 2002 as part of his commitment to eliminate inequality for Americans with disabilities. The Commission was directed to identify policies that could be implemented by federal, state, and local governments to maximize the utility of existing resources, improve coordination of treatments and services, and promote successful community integration for adults with a serious mental illness and children with a serious emotional disturbance. The commission submitted the final report in 2003. The final report to the President offers a vision of hope and recovery for people with a serious mental illness and their families.

Thank you to the Pennsylvania Recovery and Resiliency website for much of this relevant information (