August 2018
PPAL Offers Training for Emergency Department Professionals
The Program Was Designed to Assist in Caring for Children in Crisis

On Friday, August 3, PPAL was proud to partner with Boston Children's Hospital and members of the Children's Mental Health Campaign to host a training for emergency department personnel. This training was made available to clinicians, nurses, and staff, with the goal of helping them provide better care for children in behavioral health crisis and their families.

Over 100 participants attended this great program, which included six workshops on topics like 51As, cultural responsiveness, and autism spectrum disorders. Each workshop included a PPAL parent facilitator to present the parent and caregiver perspective. In addition, a mother told all attendees a powerful story of her time in the emergency department with her daughter. Joan Mikula, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, framed the day with her opening remarks.

We are thrilled that we were able to offer this hands-on training to providers who work with children in behavioral health crisis, and that parents were able to provide their opinion on what works for families in these situations. Our hope is that through trainings like this, we can create lasting partnerships between providers and families to make sure that children, youth, and young adults get the care they need when in crisis in emergency departments.

Youth MOVE Wraps Up Summer
The Group looks to Fall with an Open Art Project and More!

This was a very memorable and eventful summer for our Youth MOVE Young Adults.  First, we would like to offer a big thank you to The Bridge of Central Massachusetts for allowing us to host our annual paid internship for the youth.  Also, we would like to thank everyone behind the scenes as well for giving their best effort to ensure the success of the internship. To celebrate a successful internship, we took all the interns and our closest friends and family to Mystic Aquarium in Mystic Connecticut.  

This was a great summer, and as we prepare for the return to school Youth MOVE has a ton of upcoming events to make the transition a little smoother.  The Youth MOVE Hope Group will be welcoming Dave Sebastian for four weeks of an Open Art project, and YAYA group will be advocating and supporting the LGBTQIA2S+ community by actively participating in outreach at Worcester's PRIDE 2018.  If anyone else would like to advocate for equality alongside Youth Movers feel free to join us on September 8th.

Check out what's happening in September with Youth MOVE!

PPAL Offers New Way to Access Information: Our Own YouTube Channel!
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PPAL is excited to announce the launching of our new YouTube channel! Currently, we have four videos on navigating the transition age with your child, three in English and one in Spanish. We encourage you to check them out here and subscribe to the channel so you will be the first to know about new videos!

Doing the Cha-Cha: Three Tips to Transition from Teen to Adult Easier
Doing the Cha-Cha: Three Tips to Transition from Teen to Adult Easier


Blog Alert 

Did you miss our blogs?  Read the latest What Youth Are Saying blog titled "Body Image: 3 Years Later" by one of outstandingly talented young adults, Rachel, here. Then check out Lisa Lambert's latest blog titled "Don't call me an enabler. Or anything like it" here. Be sure to comment and share!

You can now subscribe to the PPAL blog and never miss a post.  Look for the subscribe information on the blog page. 

Feeling Alone?

PPAL is here to help and support your family journey.  No matter how much you think you are alone, you are not.  Our support and social groups are intended for you to connect with others who know firsthand the struggles we all have with our children and their needs.
Please take a look at what we are offering and consider coming to one or more of our social groups. See the full list here .
Autumn North Central Family Network Socials
Gardner, MA
Thursdays 5:30- 7:00 PM
Parents of Transition Age Youth Networking
Worcester, MA
2 nd and 4 th Wednesdays, 5:30- 7:30 PM
Family Networking and Social Support Group
Worcester, MA
1 st and 3 rd Wednesdays, 5:30- 7:30 PM
North Central Family Network: Parents/Caregivers of Transition Age Youth
Leominster, MA
1 st Thursdays, 5:30- 7:00 PM
3 rd Thursdays, 10:00- 11:30 AM
In addition to our regular groups, we are also hosting a "Cooking Matters" event on September 6, 2018 in Worcester, MA.  With your attendance you will also receive a gift card for the grocery store. This is a bilingual training so we encourage you to attend.

Email for more information about these or other support groups and email for more information about upcoming trainings or to inquire about a training in your area! Hope to see you there!

September Monthly Meeting: Understanding Juvenile Justice and the Intersection of Mental and Behavioral Health

Thank you to everyone who came out to the August Statewide on guardianship alternatives! We had a great presentation and discussion, led by Sarah R. Boonin, Clinical Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School (pictured at left in the photo below).

Join us in September to learn about juvenile justice and the intersection of mental and behavioral health with Dr. Robert Kinscherff, Associate Vice President for Community Engagement and Associate Professor at William James College. This presentation will go over the behavioral health needs of youth involved in juvenile justice systems, the continuum of the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts, the role of the Juvenile Court Clinics in Massachusetts, and what to expect if  your child with behavioral health needs is involved in the MA juvenile justice system.

We invite you to attend the next PPAL Monthly Meeting on September 11th at Plymouth Church in Framingham if you have lived experience (family members, family partners, family support specialists, parent/caregivers, young adult peers, or others in family support roles). 

Please pre-register by September 7th to be guaranteed a seat and lunch.  
Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Plymouth Church 87 Edgell Road Framingham, MA 01702
Contact PPAL Statewide at 508-767-9725 or to RSVP

Latest Poll Results

August Poll Results

What is the most important thing for ED staff to know?

Empathy and kindness go a long way.....38.89%  

Parents/Caregivers are knowledgeable assets.....27.78%  

Please don't blame or judge.....16.67%  

My child is complicated.....11.11%  

Parents in the ED are very stressed.....5.55%  

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