Resources and Links


The Youth and Family Training Institute (YFTI) of the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital (WPH) in Pittsburgh, PA was established in 2007 to assist the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare‘s 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 and an Advisory Board comprised of one-third family members, one-third youth members, and one-third system partners who work in Pennsylvania’s child-serving system. Decisions are not made without youth and family input. 

A source of information is the Pennsylvania Recovery and Resiliency through the PA Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

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 at  
  • The Delaware County Suicide Prevention & Awareness Task Force (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 (

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 (

If you are unable to find what you are looking for in the Youth and Family Training Institute website, please feel free to contact us at or 1.866.462.3292.

Here are additional resources that you may find useful:

  • Apps for Children with Special Needs: provides information about applications developed for the iPhone, iPad and iPod to assist children with special needs and their caregivers.
  • Guide to Identify Youth at Risk for Alcohol Problems:from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; includes a two-question risk assessment as well as links to resources for motivational interviewing.
  • New Website for Adolescent Health from the Office of Adolescent Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Includes information on physical, mental and reproductive health; substance abuse and healthy relationships; national and state fact sheets, tips for talking with adolescents, research summaries, and adolescent health resources.
  • Advocates for Youth… Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) youth (National website

Programs that provide crucial connectivity to families that would otherwise not be able to afford a mobile phone or landline: