Advocating for the Appropriate Level of Care

Parenting with hope through the hard places by Jennifer Griffis. Visit the homepage for the full series! --- I drove 70 miles to attend this meeting in person. My husband adjusted his work schedule so he could call into the meeting, and my mother-in-law was in the waiting room of the office entertaining a couple … Continue reading Advocating for the Appropriate Level of Care

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Moment of Crisis, Part 3/4

Parenting with hope through the hard places by Jennifer Griffis. Visit the homepage for the full series! --- “I don’t think she can safely return home right now. Do you have any other options? Are there any family members who can take her?” My husband and I sat across from our daughter’s case manager as … Continue reading Moment of Crisis, Part 3/4

Discharge Planning, Part 2/4

Parenting with hope through the hard places by Jennifer Griffis. Visit the homepage for the full series! --- “Here’s the discharge summary. There’s a follow-up appointment for medication management in two weeks. She has an appointment for therapy next week. And here is all of the information on her medication. I just need you to … Continue reading Discharge Planning, Part 2/4

Entering the System, Part 1/4

Welcome to the first post of a 4 part series written by Jennifer Griffis. Visit the homepage for her series for a full look into their experiences. --- “The treatment team is recommending long-term residential placement. Have you filled out an application for Children’s Mental Health services?” I was sitting on the floor of my … Continue reading Entering the System, Part 1/4

Remembering Trauma Part 2

Earlier this summer, Drs. Cassandra Kisiel and Tracy Fehrenbach, at the Center for Child Trauma Assessment, Services and Interventions (CCTASI) at Northwestern University, a partner in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), launched a public awareness campaign and short film entitled "Remembering Trauma: Connecting the Dots Between Complex Trauma and Misdiagnosis in Youth." This 16-minute film highlights … Continue reading Remembering Trauma Part 2