1) Youth have the right to be leaders of their psychiatric treatment plans.
Youth should be informed of the possible side effects of medications, how long recommended medications take to go into effect, and the possible long-term effects of recommended medication. Service providers should work with youth to explore possible alternatives to using psychiatric medication before medication is given. Communication between youth and all medical providers should be collaborative, clear, and with limited use of medical terminology.
2) Youth have the right to evaluate their mental health services.
Mental health counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other service providers should provide opportunities for youth to evaluate the satisfaction of their services throughout the duration of care in a respectful and non-threatening manner. This includes evaluation of the relationship with the provider, counseling plans, and implemented treatment models.
3) Youth have the right to service transitions that are as non invasive as possible.
When youth are transitioning into new services, mental health programs should strive to make the transition as accommodating as possible for the youth. Youth should be consulted on the ways they would like to end their relationship with the current provider and whether they would like the current provider to share their file with their new provider. Providers should share if there will be any changes in the costs of services and/or insurance coverage.
4) Youth have the right to trained, sensitive treatment providers.
Youth should have access to mental health professionals that are familiar with the unique needs and challenges of youth with mental health needs. All mental health professionals should have specialized training that fosters positive youth development and support. Youth mental health service consumers should be included in the creation and implementation of these trainings.
How Kids Can Talk to Parents About Depression - If you feel depressed, alone, or are having troubles you can't solve, you need to reach out for help and support.
MentalHealth.gov- Provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health information. This site explains the basics of mental health, myths and facts, and treatment information.
National Association for Children of Alcoholics- You’ll find information and resources for professionals, families & friends, and a section designed specifically for kids and teenagers
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism...Underage Drinking - Discusses the negative health effects on underage drinking
NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse- Get the latest on how drugs affect the brain and body. Featuring videos, games, blog posts and more!
OK2Talk.org:- It’s time we talk about mental health. Share what’s on your mind.
Pathways 2 Positive Futures- Pathways to Positive Futures aims to improve the lives of young people with serious mental health conditions through research, training, and dissemination.
http://www.strengthofus.org/- This website offers resources and opportunities to connect with others experiencing mental health or substance abuse issues.
The Cool Spot- Games, quizzes, animation and graphics explain the risks of underage drinking and ways to resist peer pressure.
Youth M.O.V.E. National- Youth M.O.V.E National is a youth led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.
The Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board initiated conversations around the unique needs of Youth and Young Adults in Transition in the behavioral health system during the early 1990’s. Those conversations have since evolved into the Voices of Youth Committee. The committee consists of members of all identified sectors working with this unique population, rather than just behavioral health providers. Represented systems include:
Mental Health Treatment/Prevention
Mental Retardation/ Developmental Disabilities
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Substance Abuse Treatment/Prevention
Parent Representative from the Family and Children First Council
The committee meets on a bimonthly basis to identify gaps in Trumbull County’s social services system, make sure that youth ages 16-24 do not “fall through the cracks,” and better manage the referral processes. So far the committee has been successful in identifying hundreds of youth in this age range, building community collaboration, and organizing training on working with Youth and Young Adults in Transition. Moving forward, the committee intends to arrange more training opportunities, increase youth involvement in the committee/community, and increase referrals to needed services. The committee recently restructured to involve youth from the mental health system in committee meetings. The youth’s participation is utilized to gain awareness of system issues from their perspective, educate committee members of their unique challenges, and to brainstorm solutions. This committee maintains flexibility in its structure to be able to adapt to the changing needs of Youth and Young Adults in Transition.
Operational Resources: The committee is chaired by the Trumbull county Mental Health & recovery Board. The chair is responsible for leading meetings, developing meeting agendas and distributing information to committee members.
Financial Resources: This committee operates without any funding. All meeting attendance time and services are provided to the committee as in-kind contributions from the participating agencies.
Laura Domitrovich, Chair
Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board
4076 Youngstown Warren Rd. SE
Warren, OH 44484
(330) 675-2765 ext. 111
Youngstown State University - Center for Student Progress Disability Services
One University Plaza
Youngstown, Ohio 44555
CSP Disability Services provides a range of accommodations for students with documented disabilities to enable them to reach their full potential in post-secondary education while attending Youngstown State University.
Trumbull County Ohio Means Jobs
280 North Park Ave.
Warren, OH 44481
Search for jobs; Create a resume; Get interview help; Search for scholarships; Get ABLE/GED help
Help Network of Northeast Ohio
261 E. Wood St.
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
A) To provide crisis intervention, suicide prevention and intervention, referrals, support services and counseling services to persons experiencing mental health related and/or situational problems.
B) To provide emergency assistance, referral or linkage to other community resources to persons in need of such services.
C) To promote and provide for the dissemination of information about community human services, and report any lack of community resources to planning organizations or governmental units.
D) All of the services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all individuals and groups, Help Hotline Crisis Center is committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, race, religion, color, age, national origin, sexual orientation, handicap/ disability, or identification as a disabled and/or Vietnam Era Veteran. The agency is committed to the principles of affirmative action and acts in accordance with state and federal laws.
175 Laird Ave.
Warren, Ohio 44483
Catholic Charities shares the mission held by Catholic Charities USA: to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.
The Salvation Army
270 Franklin St.
Warren, Ohio 44482
Provides programs and services to help meet basic human needs. Also provides educational, social development and recreational programs for children, youth, and adults.
Social Security Administration
258 E. Market St.
Warren, Ohio 44481
The Ticket to Work Program provides most people receiving Social Security benefits (beneficiaries) more choices for receiving employment services. Under this program the Social Security Administration (SSA) issues ticket to eligible beneficiaries who, in turn, may choose to assign those tickets to an Employment Network (EN) of their choice to obtain employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services necessary to achieve a vocational (work) goal. The EN, if they accept the ticket, will coordinate and provide appropriate services to help the beneficiary find and maintain employment.
Compass Family & Community Services
320 High St.
Compass Family & Community Services has programs that care for people from infancy through their senior years in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Jefferson counties. Compass provides services in four core areas: Residential Services, Workforce Development/Financial Stability, Outpatient Behavioral Health Services and Administrative Support Services.
WRTA (Western Reserve Transit Authority)
General Offices and Garage
604 Mahoning Ave.
Youngstown, OH 44502
Downtown Bus Terminal
340 West Federal St.
Youngstown, OH 44503
WRTA provides fixed route and paratransit (Specialized Service Transportation or SST) service to residents in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties. SST service is a curb to curb, available to individuals who are certified ADA eligible and for senior citizens 65 years and older. For information on the service area contact customer service. WRTA operates 14 fixed routes within Youngstown, and in some portions of Boardman, Austintown, Liberty, and Girard. The bus system serves all Youngstown City high schools, Youngstown State University, all the hospitals and major shopping and employment centers. WRTA serves over 1.3 million riders per year covering nearly 149 square miles.
1540 Tod Ave. NW
Warren, OH 44485
24 - Hour Hotline:
We provide emergency temporary shelter for women and children who require immediate safe refuge due to family violence. Survivors receive shelter, food and personal care items. We provide services to men who are victims of domestic violence and work in concert with Trumbull County community services and program referrals.
Trumbull County Job and Family Services
280 North Park Ave, Suite 1
Warren, OH 44481
Apply online for cash, medical and food assistance.