In a resiliency-oriented mental health system, the following principles are embraced:
- Resiliency is a belief and faith that all children, youth and families have strengths and are capable of overcoming challenges.
- All children have the right to hope and success starting at birth and lasting a lifetime.
- All communities and systems have a responsibility and make a commitment to nurture resiliency with all children.
- Youth and families are experts in their experiences.
- Youth and families have voice and choice in services and supports.
- A resiliency-oriented mental health system is sensitive to culture, community and values of the individual youth and family.
- Services and supports are individualized, flexibly delivered and tailored to meet the unique needs of the youth and family.
- A resiliency-oriented mental health system is affirming of youth and family with unconditional acceptance.
- In a resiliency-oriented mental health system, supports and services focus on promoting resiliency, while reducing risks and stabilizing symptoms.
- A resiliency-oriented mental health system provides access to a complete continuum of care that addresses mental health promotion, education and intervention across developmental ages and stages.
- A resiliency-oriented mental health system invests in our youth as our most valuable resources.
- Efforts to implement a resiliency-oriented mental health system need to be embedded in a community structure that supports them and sustains their effects.
Source: Resiliency Principles of Care. Copyright 2006 Resiliency Leadership Ohio & Ohio Department of Mental Health, All Rights Reserved.
THE CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE PRACTICES (CIP) was created in 2000 as one of the original Coordinating Centers of Excellence funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health. CIP was created for the purpose of disseminating Evidence Based Practices (EBP) in the mental health system, specifically the dissemination of Multi-systemic Therapy (MST), a treatment for youth with serious anti-social behavior disorders. CIP is a key partner in the Youth and Family Resiliency Leadership Project, a collaborative leadership effort that consists of diverse stakeholders led by youth, young adults, and family members, who are supported by staff from the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH), the Center for Innovative Practices and the Ohio Federation for Children’s Mental Health.
The main goal of the Resiliency Leadership initiative is to develop local systems capacity to foster resiliency at all levels of mental health care and education, including mental health promotion, prevention and intervention with the ultimate outcome of resilient individuals, families and communities. Utilizing Ohio’s Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant from SAMHSA (T-SIG) as a platform, the Resiliency Leadership initiative is developing strategies for dissemination, raising public awareness, and integrating resiliency into children’s mental health policies.
THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH (ODMH) is the cabinet level department that funds, reviews and monitors community mental health programs through 50 county-level boards which then act as local mental health authorities, contracting for services provided by hundreds of private agencies and the seven public psychiatric hospitals operated by ODMH. Resilience is one of several over-arching philosophies guiding the work of ODMH; as such, the Department seeks to support local mental health systems that foster resiliency at all levels of mental health care and education, including mental health promotion, prevention and intervention, with the ultimate outcome of resilient individuals, families and communities. Nurturing resiliency helps children, youth and families successfully meet life’s challenges.
Consistent with this principle, in January of 2005 ODMH empowered youth and families to take a lead role in the development and dissemination of a statewide mental health resiliency initiative that informs policy and practice across the developmental life stages from infancy to the transition to adulthood. In 2008, with additional support from Ohio’s Transformation State Incentive Grant (SAMHSA), the resiliency workgroup was transformed into Resiliency Leadership Ohio.
RESILIENCY LEADERSHIP OHIO is a youth-guided, family-driven initiative that is co-facilitated by the Center for Innovative Practices at the Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence at Kent State University, and the Ohio Federation for Children’s Mental Health, with the support of the Ohio Department of Mental Health. Resiliency Leadership Ohio’s unique contribution to resiliency and children’s mental health can be found throughout our website. Please join us in nurturing, facilitating, and supporting resiliency in all youth. Click under “Resources” from their home page for informative resources on resiliency and children’s mental health, including those created by Resiliency Leadership Ohio (Copyright 2009, Ohio Department of Mental Health).
THE OHIO FEDERATION FOR CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH is a voluntary, non-profit organization that was founded by, is governed by, and is staffed by those who have encountered behavioral difficulties in their own lives as youth and/or in the lives of their children. The Ohio Federation provides support and advocacy for families, as well as education for families, agencies, systems, and elected and appointed officials.