August 2020
New Youth MOVE Website Features Blogs on Youth Experience
"Therapeutic High School"

This month, blogger Patricia Larsted shares her experience attending a therapeutic high school. She also describes how she transitioned from the support provided by her IEP in high school to the very different level of support available through the disability department at her college. What's the most important aspect of a therapeutic high school? How can incoming college students who cope with mental illnesses empower themselves and excel in their new surroundings? Read Larsted's blog post to find out!
For blogs, tip sheets, and much more, visit the new Youth MOVE website!

We're Moving!
Our Boston Office Will Now Be in Waltham

PPAL is moving! Our Boston office will now be located in Waltham. Our new address is:

77 Rumford Ave
Waltham, MA 02453

Our phone and fax numbers are the same:

Ph: (866) 815-8122 
Fax: (617) 542-7832

The Worcester office will remain in the same location.

As always, if you need to get in touch with us, you can send us an email or visit our website.

PPAL's Joel Khattar Featured on La Mega Radio
Important Advice on Crisis Planning and More

What happens when a loved one is in crisis? On August 22, PPAL's Joel Khattar joined other
advocates on La Mega radio to talk about advocacy and crisis planning with families.

Representing the voice of family organizations, Khattar shared what determines the level of crisis, what families need to do when a crisis occurs, how to access mobile crisis units, and what their service entails. He also discussed his personal understanding and experience of utilizing crisis services, walked families through what the process looks like, and more.

La Mega radio station is tailored to the Latinx community and airs in and around Massachusetts's metro areas. The show was shared over 175 times on Facebook.

Are You Sick of Getting Bad Parenting Advice? This Month's Blog Post Is For You.
"The 7 worst pieces of advice parents whose children have mental health needs hear. Often."

Have you ever gotten cringe-worthy parenting advice from folks who just don't get it? Has anyone ever suggested you could fix all your child's mental health challenges with clean eating, stricter parenting, or a sticker chart? You're not alone! PPAL Executive Director Lisa Lambert's new blog post describes her reaction to the bad advice she's gotten over the years, including what her face looks like when she gets it. She also details the seven worst pieces of advice she's gotten - often - and advises parents on how to get past it: work your best "shocked" look and reject the bogus advice! 

Lambert's post was also featured on one Check out the post here!

Youth MOVE Dives into Summer
Check Out Our Website to Learn How You Can Get Involved

Youth MOVE Massachusetts has been diving head first into a busy summer, despite the ongoing pandemic. Earlier this month, our Youth Development Specialist Chandra Watts facilitated a Box Up the Stress crisis box training for Codman Square Health Center's summer internship program. We've also participated in two technical assistance training programs with the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Southeast, providing the youth and young adult perspective when it comes to mental health care. 

Youth MOVE Massachusetts also collaborated on a video about Covid 19: made by young adults for young adults. Watch our social media for a video link -- coming soon! 

Last but not least, don't forget to check out our new website! We continue to add new resources for youth and young adults, and are always accepting submissions for blog posts.

Support Group List Updated
Visit Our Website to Find a Virtual Group That Fits Your Needs
We've updated our list of support groups for parents and caregivers! Although in-person groups are on hold due to the pandemic, online support is going strong. Connect with others during this stressful time, get tips and resources from those who've been through experiences similar to your own, or help out by sharing your own expertise with other families. From virtual groups to list servs, from groups for couples to groups for parents of transition-aged youth, from the Northeast to Western Massachusetts, we've got the support group for you! 

Check out our updated list here, and reach out today. We can't wait to see you there!  

PPAL Seeks Youth Peer Support Specialist
Part-time Opening in Worcester Now Available
PPAL and Youth MOVE Massachusetts are currently hiring! We are seeking a Youth Peer Support Specialist based in Worcester and the surrounding areas. The Youth Peer Support Specialist will provide support and assistance to youth/young adults and work to strengthen youth and young adult voices in order to improve the systems that provide services to them. This is a part time, 10 hour per week position. Please contact Chandra Watts for more information!

August Statewide Meeting: "Counteracting Parent/Caregiver Burnout!"
Great Turnout for this Informative Session
This month, 84 parents and caregivers registered for our August 11 Statewide Meeting,"Counteracting Parent/Caregiver Burnout" with Kendra Wilde. Wilde, the mother of three almost-grown sons, a parental well-being advocate, and the founder of Wild Peace for Parents, shared her practical self-care strategies for burned-out parents of children with developmental, psychiatric, or learning challenges. 

Wilde walked participants through tiny habits, or micro actions, that we can add to our daily lives, such as body scans, using essential oils, and saying "thank you" instead of "I'm sorry." In doing so, she provided a much-needed reminder that parents need to take care of themselves, too! Participants shared that "I needed this reminder" and "We 'know' many of these things, but we need to keep coming back to all of this." Find more of Wilde's resources and tips at her website, and don't forget to look out for next month's Statewide Meeting!

Planting Seeds Towards Adulthood:
Survey Completed
Look for a Report This Fall

When a teen wakes up on their 18th birthday, they are called a young adult.  But parents know that they continue to play important, sometimes crucial, roles in their child's life. PPAL's latest survey, Planting Seeds Toward Adulthood, let parents weigh in on how they had an impact on their young adults' lives and what walls kept them out. We received more than 350 responses, and thank everyone for taking the survey. One parent told us, "Transition to adulthood is very difficult." Stay tuned for a report on our findings this fall.

PPAL Collaborates with DMH on 
Project Picasso
The Project Focuses on Early Intervention Options 
for Youth and Families

In the spring of 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, PPAL collaborated with the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and IDEO on a three-week research project: Project Picasso. This project was designed to find ways to help DMH and their partner organizations reach youth and families earlier in their mental health journeys. The final report captures stories that convey the needs of kids and families during their mental health journeys, identifies inspiring ways that organizations such as PPAL are addressing the mental health needs of youth, and imagines future opportunities for how DMH might work to meet these uncovered needs.

Project Picasso is simply the start of what DMH and PPAL hope might be something larger to support youth and their families struggling with behavioral health challenges during this difficult time. 

As part of the project, DMH and IDEO made this powerful video to illustrate the shame, frustration, and challenges families and youth with behavioral health challenges face. Watch it here!

Project Picasso
Project Picasso

DMH Seeks Youth/Young Adult 
Peer Coordinator
Learn More & Apply with the Links Below
The Department of Mental Health is seeking to hire a Youth/Young Adult Peer Coordinator to help engage and support the young adult peer workforce. The ideal candidate has strong facilitation skills, social media savvy, and experience working with young adults.

This is a one year position. The applicant must have completed CPS certification.

To apply:
Posting Requisition #: 200005Q7
Agency: DMH Official Title:  Mental Health Coordinator 
Functional Title:  Youth/Young Adult Peer Coordinator
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We Need Your Help!
New JDAI Survey Available Now
The Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI)  has been working with community design studio Action! by Design to engage people in Massachusetts in reimagining juvenile justice to ensure that the right youth is in the right place for the right reason.

JDAI is committed to centering the voices of those impacted by the system, practitioners working within it, and the broader resident population through a JDAI Youth Justice in MA Survey.

The goal of this survey is to gather input about perceptions of juvenile justice in Massachusetts and how to improve and/or reimagine this system. We're hoping this survey will be completed by as many people as possible. 

Please help by filling out the survey here. You can share it with your network using this link.

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