Building A Thriving Children's System of Care: Engage Families & Youth To Be Your Partners

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FYRTThe Family & Youth Roundtable out of San Diego, CA has just launched a successful training and technical assistance program that supports family youth receiving services in developing the skills to become your partner in advancing your Children System of Care. 

Since the inception of the Roundtable over fifteen years ago, many system transformations have occurred in San Diego County. There has been a shift in provider perception from blaming families to actively seeking family/youth input and advice. Traditionally siloed programs such as  Child Welfare, Probation and Behavioral Health are breaking those silos down by increasingly developing joint programs, grant initiatives and strong executive partnerships. Most important, behavioral health decision-making forums in San Diego County have seen a consistent rise in the number of families and youth involved at the program, practice and policy levels.

If you would like more information, please contact Donna Ewing Marto, CEO at (619) 487-0862 or email

How Talking Openly Against Stigma Helped A Mother And Son Cope With Bipolar Disorder

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It was December 2012 when the country learned about the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, that left 20 children dead at the hands of 20-year-old shooter Adam Lanza.

After the shock and the initial grief came questions about how it could have happened and why. Reports that Adam Lanza may have had some form of undiagnosed mental illness surfaced.

The tragedy drove Liza Long to write a blog post on that same day, titled "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother." She wasn't Lanza's mom, but she was raising a child with a mental disorder.

Her 13-year-old son had violent rages on a regular basis. He was in and out of juvenile detention. He had threatened to kill her. She detailed all this in her essay that took off online.

Now, four years later, her son is speaking out too.

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