Glossary of Terms

Advocate
“One that supports or promotes the interests of another”
Advocate. (2012). In Merriam-Webster online. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advocate

Agoraphobia
“A panic disorder that involves intense fear and avoidance of any place or situation where it is perceived that escape might be difficult or help unavailable in the event of developing sudden panic-like symptoms. The fear can especially be directed towards situations in which feelings of panic have occurred before. These situations may include driving, shopping, crowded places, traveling, standing in line, meetings, social gatherings and even being alone. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Alzheimer’s Disease
“A progressive disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, making judgements, communicate and carry out daily activities. Individuals with more advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease may also experience changes in personality and behavior such as anxiety, suspiciousness or agitation, as well as delusions or hallucinations. The disease usually starts in middle or old age, beginning with memory loss concerning recent events and spreading to memory loss concerning events that are more distant”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Anxiety Disorders
“Chronic feelings of overwhelming anxiety and fear, unattached to any obvious source, that can grow progressively worse if not treated. The anxiety is often accompanied by physical symptoms such as sweating, cardiac disturbances, diarrhea or dizziness. Generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder are considered anxiety disorders. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Asperger’s Syndrome
“A Pervasive Developmental Disintelligence development, but impaired social and communication skills as well asorder (PDD) characterized by normal language and difficulty with transitions or changes. have obsessive routines and may be preoccupied with one particular field of interest.Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome often. Although they may be low functioning in many areas, they often have above-average performance in a narrow field”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Assessment
“A professional review of child and family needs that is done when services are first sought from a caregiver. The assessment of the child includes a review of physical and mental health, intelligence, school performance, family situation, and behavior in the community. The assessment identifies the strengths of the child and family. Together, the caregiver and family decide what kind of treatment and supports, if any, are needed”. National Federation of Families For Children’s Mental Health. (2010). Glossary of terms child and adolescent mental health. Retrieved from http://ffcmh.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/GlossaryofTermsChild&AdolescentMentalHealth.pdf

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
“A biologically-based disorder that includes distractibility and impulsiveness. Recent research suggests that ADD can be inhertied and may be due to an imbalance of neurtotransmitters (chemicals used by the brain to control behavior) or abnormal glucose metabolism in the central nervous system”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
“A form of ADD that includes hyperactivity. They may walk, run or climb around when others are seated, and often talk when Children with ADHD are unable to sit still. They may walk, run or climb around when others are seated, and often talk when others are talking”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Autism
“A Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) that affects a person’s ability to communicate, form normal social relationships and respond appropriately to the external world. Autism typically appears in the first three years of life, although there may be signs in infancy such as avoiding eye contact and abruptly stopping language development. Children with autism may stare into space for hours, throw uncontrollable tantrums and show no interest in people including their parents. They may pursue strange, repetitive activities with no apparent purpose. Some people with autism can function at a relatively high level, with speech and intelligence intact. Others, however, have serious learning problems and language delays, and some never speak”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Bipolar Disorder
“Also known as manic-depressive illness. A serious illness that causes shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to function. Dramatic mood swings can move from “high” feelings of extreme euphoria or irritability to depression, sometimes with periods of normal moods in between. Manic episodes may include such behaviors as prolonged periods without sleep or uncontrolled shopping. Each episode of mania or depression can last for hours, weeks or several months”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Borderline Personality Disorder
“A mental illness marked by a pattern of unstable personal relationships and self image, as well as marked impulsivity. Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder often have a strong fear of abandonment and may exhibit recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures or threats or self-mutilating behavior. They also may have inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Brain Disorder
“Any abnormality in the brain that results in impaired functioning or thinking”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Case Management
“A process in which individuals are partners in the management of their mental illnesses and in their recovery. Case management focuses on accelerating the use of available services to restore or maintain independent functioning to the fullest extent possible. In pursuing this goal, case management helps people connect to needed services and supports within the community”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Catatonic
“A marked psychomotor disturbance that may involve stupor or mutism, negativism, rigidity, purposeless excitement and inappropriate or bizarre posturing. Catatonic schizophrenia is a form of the illness characterized by a tendency to remain in a fixed stuporous state for long periods. This catatonia may give way to short periods of extreme excitement”". ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Child serving systems
systems that meet the needs of children

Civic clubs
A civic association is a type of organization whose official goal is to improve neighborhoods through volunteer work by its members; For example: Girl/Boy Scouts, Rotary International, Lions Club Civic Association. (n.d.)
In Wikipedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civic_association

Clergy
“a group ordained to perform pastoral functions in a Christian church” Clergy. (n.d.)
In Merriam-Webster Dictionary online. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clergy

Co-occurring/Comorbidity
“In general, the existence of two or more illnesses – whether physical or mental – at the same time in a single individual. With SAMHSA, the term usually means the coexistence of mental illness and substance abuse”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Collaboration
Collaboration is a process of participation through which people, groups, and organizations work togetherto achieve desired results. Collaborations accomplish shared vision, achieve positive outcomes for the audiences they serve, and build an interdependent system to address issues and opportunities. Collaborations also involve the sharing of resources and responsibilities to jointly plan, implement and evaluate programs to achieve common goals. National Network for Collaboration. (1995).
Collaboration framework – addressing community capacity. Retrieved from http://crs.uvm.edu/nnco/collab/framework.html

Consumer
“In mental health, an individual who is using one or more mental health services”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Continnum of Care
“A complete range of programs for children and adolescents with mental illness. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a seamless continuum of care includes, from least to most intensive:
• Office or outpatient clinic, with visits usually under one hour.
• Intensive case management, with specially trained individuals coordinating or providing psychiatric, financial, legal and medical services to help the child or adolescent live successfully at home and in the community. •
Home-based treatment services, with a team of specially trained staff members who go into a home and develop a treatment program to help the child and family.
• Family support services, which help families care for their children, possibly including parent training and support groups.
• Day treatment program, an intensive combination of psychiatric treatment with special education, which the child or adolescent usually attends five days a week.
• Partial hospitalization (day hospital), which provides all the treatment services of a psychiatric hospital; however, the patients go home each evening.
• Emergency/crisis services, providing 24-hour support for emergencies. May include hospital emergency departments and mobile crisis teams.
• Respite care services, which provide a brief period in which the patient stays away from home with specially trained individuals.
• Therapeutic group home or community residence, which usually includes six to 10 children or adolescents in each home. This may be linked with a day treatment program or specialized educational program.
• Crisis residence, which provides short-term (usually fewer than 15 days) crisis intervention and treatment. Patients receive 24-hour supervision.
• Residential treatment facility, where seriously disturbed patients receive intensive and comprehensive psychiatric treatment in a campus-like setting on a longer-term basis.
• Hospital treatment, where patients receive comprehensive psychiatric treatment in a hospital. The length of treatment depends on each situation”".”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Continuous Quality Improvement
“Continuous quality improvement is the complete process of identifying, describing, and analyzing strengths and problems and then testing, implementing, learning from, and revising solutions. It relies on an organizational culture that is proactive and supports continuous learning. Continuous quality improvement is firmly grounded in the overall mission, vision, and values of the agency. Perhaps most importantly, it is dependent upon the active inclusion and participation of staff at all levels of the agency, children, youth, families, and stakeholders throughout the process”.
Improving Child Welfare Outcomes through Systems of Care: Building the Infrastructure (n.d.). A Guide for Communities. Retrieved from http://www.tapartnership.org/docs/improvingChildWelfareThroughSOC.pdf

Coordinated Network
“”"In referring to mental health, communication and coordination among mental health, public and private agencies that may be working with the same individual. The goal is to benefit the individual with seamless care across the system”". ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Coordinated Services
“Child-serving organizations talk with the family and agree upon a plan of care that meets the child’s needs. These organizations can include mental health, education, juvenile justice, and child welfare. Case management is necessary to coordinate services”. National Federation of Families For Children’s Mental Health.
Glossary of Terms Child and Adolescent Mental Health (2003). Retrieved from http://ffcmh.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/GlossaryofTermsChild&AdolescentMentalHealth.pdf

cost-effective
“Economical in terms of the goods or services received for the money spent”
Cost-effective. (n.d.) In The Free Dictionary online. Retrieved from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/cost-effective

cultural and linguistic competency
Cultural competency is “the integration of knowledge, information, and data about individuals and groups of people into clinical standards, skills, service approaches and supports, policies, measures, and benchmarks that align with the individual’s or group’s culture and increases the quality, appropriateness, and acceptability of health care and outcomes” (Cross et al., 1989). Linguistic competence is “the capacity of an organization and its personnel to communicate effectively, and convey information in a manner that is easily understood by diverse audiences including persons of limited English proficiency, those who have low literacy skills or are not literate, and individuals with disabilities” (Goode & Jones, 2004).
Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (n.d.). Cultural and linguistic competence committee of practice. Retrieved from https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqCG2Ir9nek1dG1vVExFemU5MlJKY21jdVZ5YmNQUHc&hl=en_US&pli=1#gid=0

Delusion
“A belief that is false, fanciful or derived from deception. In psychiatry, a false belief strongly held in spite of evidence that it is not true, especially as a symptom of a mental illness. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Dementia
“A condition of declining mental abilities, especially memory. Individuals with dementia may have trouble doing things they used to do such as keeping the checkbook, driving a car safely or planning a meal. They often have trouble finding the right word and may become confused when given too many things to do at one time. Individuals with dementia may also experience changes in personality, becoming aggressive, paranoid or depressed”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Depersonalization disorder
“Marked by recurrent feelings of detachment or distance from one’s own experience, body or self. When severe, individualswith this disorder may believe the external world is unreal or distorted. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Depression
“In psychiatry, a disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty with thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness and sometimes suicidal thoughts or attempts to commit suicide. While standing alone as a mental illness, depression also can be experienced in other disorders such as bipolar disorder. Depression can range from mild to severe, and is very treatable with today’s medications and/or therapy”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Diagnosable Mental Illness
“Any mental illness or mental disorder, including those that have not yet received a formal diagnosis from a medical or mental health professional. Sometimes referred to as a “brain disorder.”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Dissociative amnesia
“Characterized by blocking out critical information, usually of a traumatic or stressful nature. The amnesia may be localized to a specific window of time; selective, allowing the patient to remember only small parts of events that took place in a defined period of time; generalized to the patient’s entire life; or systematized, in which the loss of memory is related to a specific category of information”. ” Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Dissociative Disorder
“A disorder marked by a separation from or interruption of a person’s fundamental aspects of waking consciousness, such as personal identity or personal history. The dissociative aspect in any form is thought to be a coping mechanism stemming from trauma of some kind. The individual literally dissociates or separates from a situation or experience that is too traumatic to integrate with the conscious self. There are many forms of dissociative disorders: ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Dissociative fugue
“A rare disorder in which an individual suddenly and unexpectedly takes physical leave of his or her surroundings and sets off on a journey of some kind. Individuals in a fugue state are unaware of or confused about their identities. Rarely, these individuals will assume a new identity. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Dissociative identity disorder
“Previously known as multiple personality disorder. Individuals with DID have more than one distinct identity or personality state that surfaces on a recurring basis. The disorder is also marked by differences in memory, which vary with the individual’s “alters” or other personalities”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

DSM-IV
“The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Early Intervention
“In mental health, diagnosing and treating mental illnesses early in their development. Studies have shown early intervention can result in higher recovery rates. However, many individuals do not have the advantage of early intervention because the stigma of mental illness and other factors keep them from pursuing help until later in the illness’ development”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Eating Disorder
“A serious disturbance in eating behavior, such as extreme and unhealthy reduction of food intake or severe overeating. Usually accompanied by feelings of distress or extreme concern about body shape or weight. Eating disorders, which are treatable, usually develop in adolescence or early adulthood and frequently co-occur with other psychiatric disorders such as depression, substance abuse and anxiety disorders. Eating disorders can lead to serious physical health complications including heart conditions and kidney failure, which may lead to death. The main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. “
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Electroconvulsive Therapy (Electroshock Therapy)
“A treatment for some severe mental illnesses in which a brief application of electrical stimulus is used to generate a generalized seizure. According to the National Institutes of Health, this therapy has been highly successful in treating certain types of depression, especially when followed with anti-depressant medication. It has not been effective with individuals who have less severe forms of depression. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Eligibility
“meeting the requirements or qualified to participate” Eligibility. (n.d.)
In Dictionary.com online. Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/eligibility

Evidence-Based Practice
“Refers to treatment guidelines that can be supported by quality clinical research”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Family-driven
Family-driven means families have a primary decision-making role in the care of their own children as well as the policies and procedures governing care for all children in their community, state, tribe, territory, and nation. This includes the following: 1) choosing culturally and linguistically competent supports, services, and providers; 2) setting goals 3) designing, implementing, and evaluating programs 4) monitoring outcomes 5) partnering in funding decisions”.
Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (2011). Guide to Sound Business Practices for Family-Run Organizations in Children’s Mental Health. Retrieved from http://www.tapartnership.org/docs/guideToSoundBusinessPractices.pdf

Family-Driven Care
“In mental health, a model in which families have a primary decision-making role in the care of their own children. Families also have a primary role in the policies and procedures governing care for all children in their community. Family involvement includes choosing supports, services and providers; setting goals; designing and implementing programs; monitoring outcomes; and determining the effectiveness of all efforts to promote the mental health of children and youth. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Fidelity
Fidelity refers to the degree of implementation of an evidence-based practice (EBP)
Introduction to the Evidence-Based Practice Fidelity Scales.(n.d.). Retrieved from http://ebp.networkofcare.org/uploads/Fidelity_Scales_4673293.pdf

Formative evaluation
“Formative evaluation is a method of judging the worth of a program while the program activities are forming or happening. Formative evaluation focuses on the process”
What is Formative Evaluation (n.d.).SIL International website. Retrieved from http://www.sil.org/lingualinks/literacy/ReferenceMaterials/glossaryofliteracyterms/WhatIsFormativeEvaluation.htm

Gender-Responsive
OJJDP (1996) defines gender-specific services for girls and young women in this way: “To provide services that are designed to meet the unique needs of females, that value the female perspective, that celebrate and honor the female experience, that respect and take into account female development, and that empower young women to reach their full potential.”
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.nationalgirlsinstitute.org/i-work-with-girls/resources-best-practices/gender-responsive-definitions/

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
“”"Characterized by excessive uncontrollable worry about everyday things. The chronic worrying can affect daily functioning and cause physical symptoms, filling an individual’s days with tension even though there is little or nothing to provoke it. Unlike a phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder is not triggered by a specific object or situation. Individuals with this disorder are always anticipating disaster, often worrying excessively about health, money, family or work. In addition to chronic worry, symptoms may include trembling, muscular aches, insomnia, abdominal upsets, dizziness and irritability. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Girls Circle groups
“The Girls Circle model, a structured support group for girls from 9-18 years, integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence in girls. It aims to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede girls’ growth and development by promoting an emotionally safe setting and structure within which girls can develop caring relationships and use authentic voices. When girls voice their ideas and opinions in a safe environment, it strengthens their confidence and self-esteem and encourages them to express themselves more fully and critically think through their behavior and choices. By examining cultural expectations in a safe and supportive setting, girls gain greater awareness of their options and strengthen their ability to make choices that are consistent with their values, interests, and talents.”
How it Works. (2011). Girls Circle website. Retrieved from http://www.girlscircle.com/how_it_works.aspx

Governance
“Governance refers to the interagency entity and operating structure authorized to make decisions and set strategic direction for activities, tasks, and functions associated with building, implementing, and sustaining systems of care, and providing oversight for their implementation. This body is responsible for developing interagency solutions to address the needs and challenges of a specific target population or geographic area. The governance body is composed of local, county, State, tribal, or neighborhood administrators, family members, program specialists, and service delivery staff. For the infrastructure to operate effectively, members must demonstrate a commitment to systems of care principles and develop rules, procedures, roles, and expectations for members, committees, staff, and other individuals involved in the systems of care effort”.
Improving Child Welfare Outcomes through Systems of Care: Building the Infrastructure – A guide for communities (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.tapartnership.org/docs/improvingChildWelfareThroughSOC.pdf

Guiding Principles
foundational concepts of the system of care philosophy Guiding Principles. (n.d.)
Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health website. Retrieved from http://www.tapartnership.org/SOC/SOCprinciples.php

health care providers
“A health care provider is an individual or an institution that provides preventive, curative, promotional or rehabilitative health care services in a systematic way to individuals, families or communities. An individual health care provider (also known as a health worker) may be a health care professional, an allied health professional, a community health worker, or another person trained and knowledgeable in medicine, nursing or other allied health professions, or public/community health. Institutions (also known as health facilities) include hospitals, clinics, primary care centres and other service delivery points.”
Health care provider. (n.d.). Wikipedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_provider

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996)
““HIPAA Title I protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs. HIPAA Title II addresses the security and privacy of health data. It requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish national standards for electronic health care transactions, as well as national identifiers for providers, health plans and employers. To comply with HIPAA, systems of care must establish ways to ensure patient privacy as the patients move seamlessly from one agency to another”. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Homeless, Chronic
“Chronically homeless individuals have a disability and have been homeless for a year or more, or they have had at least four episodes of homelessness within the past three years. Homeless also refers to individuals living in transitional housing or those who spend most nights in a supervised or private facility that provides temporary living quarters. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Infrastructure
“the basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization”Infrastructure. (n.d.). In Dictionary.com online. Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/infrastructure initiative “an introductory act or step; leading action: to take the initiative in making friends”
Initiative. (n.d.). In Dictionary.com online. Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/initiative

juvenile justice
“Juvenile justice is the area of criminal law that applies to youth usually under 18 years old. The main goal of the juvenile justice system is rehabilitation rather than punishment. Juvenile justice is administered through a juvenile or family court.”
Juvenile justice law and legal definition. (n.d.). US Legal.com website. Retrieved from http://definitions.uslegal.com/j/juvenile-justice/

Juvenile Justice Facility
“Encompasses detention centers, shelters, reception or diagnostic centers, training schools, ranches, forestry camps or farms, halfway houses, group homes and residential treatment centers for young offenders. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Legislation
“a law or a body of laws enacted” Legislation. (n.d.).
In Dictionary.com online. Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/legislation

Linguistically responsive
Families have access to services provided in their language of choice, oftentimes, their primary language

Managed Care
“A system of health care that combines delivery and payment. Managed care influences use of services by employing management techniques designed to promote the delivery of cost-effective health care”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Managed Health Care Plan
“An arrangement that integrates financing and management with the delivery of health care services to an enrolled population. A managed health care plan employs or contracts with an organized system of providers that delivers services and frequently shares financial risks”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Mental Disorder
““A health condition characterized by alterations in thinking, mood or behavior (or a combination of the three). Mental disorders are mediated by the brain and associated with distress and/or impaired functioning. They can be the result of family history, genetics or other biological, environmental, social or behavioral factors that occur alone or in combination”. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Mental Health
“The condition of being mentally and emotionally sound and well adjusted, characterized by the absence of mental disorder and by adequate adjustment. Individuals with mental health feel comfortable about themselves, have positive feelings about others and exhibit an ability to meet the demands of life. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Mental Health Services
“Diagnostic, treatment and preventive services that help improve the way individuals with mental illness feel, both physically and emotionally, as well as the way they interact with others. These services also intervene on behalf of those who have a strong risk of developing a mental illness. “
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Mental Illness
“Refers collectively to all diagnosable mental disorders. Can refer to a disease of the brain with predominant behavioral symptoms as in acute alcoholism or a disease of the mind or personality that results in abnormal behavior as with hysteria or schizophrenia. Can refer to any psychiatric illness listed in Current Medical Information and Terminology of the American Medical Association or in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Mental Retardation
“Below normal intellectual ability that originates during the developmental period. Mental retardation is associated with impairment in maturation, learning and/or social adjustment. In general with mental retardation, the IQ is equivalent to or less than 70 and the condition is present from birth or infancy. Individuals with mental retardation have abnormal development, learning difficulties and problems in social adjustment. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Mission Statement
“A mission statement explains why the organization exists — its overall purpose. The mission statement also states what the organization does right now, in the most general sense. In this way, the mission also sets parameters for what the organization, through omission, does not do.”
Capacity Development Fact Sheet – The Importance of Organizational Mission and Vision. (2008). Center for African Refugees and Immigrants website. Retrieved from http://www.ecdc-cari.org/docs/Mission_Vision.pdf

NAMI (formerly National Association for the Mentally Ill)
“A nonprofit, grassroots, self-help support and advocacy organization made up of consumers, families and friends of people with severe mental illnesses”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Behavior or a fantasy of grandiosity, a lack of empathy, a need to be admired by others, an inability to see the viewpoints of others and hypersensitivity to the opinions of others.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Neuropsychiatry
“A branch of medicine concerned with both neurology (the scientific study of the nervous system) and psychiatry (a branch of medicine that deals with the science and practice of treating mental, emotional and behavioral disorders)”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Nonverbal Learning Disorder
“A neurological disorder originating in the right hemisphere of the brain. Because reception of information is impaired in the right brain, those with nonverbal learning disorder may experience a lack of psychomotor coordination and an inability to recognize nonverbal social cues such as body language, facial expressions, personal space, touch and tone of voice. It can also affect organizational and evaluative skills”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
“A disorder in which individuals are plagued by persistent, recurring thoughts or obsessions that reflect exaggerated anxiety or fears. Typical obsessions include worry about being contaminated or fears of behaving improperly or acting violently. The obsessions may lead to the performance of ritual or routine compulsions such as washing hands, repeating phrases or hoarding”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
“Characterized by perfectionism and inflexibility as well as preoccupation with uncontrollable patterns of thought and action”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Oppositional Defiant Disorder
“A disruptive behavior pattern of childhood and adolescence characterized by defiant, disobedient and hostile behavior, especially toward adults in positions of authority”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Neurobiology
“A branch of the life sciences that deals with the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the nervous system. The term refers especially to the biology of the brain when used in conjunction with learning disorders, some mental illnesses, Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases that may be caused or impacted by the central nervous system”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Panic Disorder
“An anxiety disorder in which individuals have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. Individuals cannot predict when an attack will occur and may develop intense anxiety between episodes, worrying when the next one will strike. Symptoms can include heart palpitations, chest pain or discomfort, sweating, trembling, tingling sensations, a feeling of choking, fear of dying, fear of losing control and feelings of unreality”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Paranoid Personality Disorder
“Marked distrust of others, including the belief, without reason, that others are exploiting, harming or trying to deceive him or her; lack of trust; belief of others’ betrayal; belief in hidden meanings; unforgiving and grudge holding”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Parity
“In mental health, equivalent benefits and restrictions in insurance coverage for mental health services with other health services”. Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf Personality Disorders “An enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates from expectations. A personality disorder is pervasive and inflexible, beginning in adolescence or early adulthood. Individuals with a personality disorder tend to be stable over time, but the disorder leads to distress or impairment. There are currently 10 personality disorders identified in DSM-IV:
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
“A class of neurological disorders usually evident by age 3. They are characterized by severe and pervasive impairment in social interaction skills, communication skills and possibly by stereotyped behavior, interests and activities. Pervasive Developmental Disorders include autism, Asperger’s syndrome and nonverbal learning disorder”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Phobia
“An intense and sometimes disabling fear reaction to a specific object or situation that poses little or no actual danger. The level of fear is usually recognized by the individual as being irrational. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Population of Focus
the group of people who will be receiving services

Postpartum Depression
“A potentially serious condition that occurs within six months after childbirth in which a woman feels extreme sensations of sadness, despair, anxiety and/or irritability. Differs from “baby blues” in intensity and duration. Postpartum often keeps a woman from doing the things she needs to do every day. Some symptoms include: – Loss of interest or pleasure in life – Loss of appetite – Less energy and motivation to do things – A hard time falling asleep or staying asleep – Sleeping more than usual – Increased crying or tearfulness – Feeling worthless, hopeless or overly guilty – Feeling restless, irritable or anxious – Unexplained weight loss or gain – Feeling like life isn’t worth living – Having thoughts about hurting herself – Worrying about hurting her baby”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Postpartum Psychosis
“A rare but very serious mental illness that can affect new mothers within the first six months after childbirth. Women lose touch with reality, often having hallucinations and delusions focused on the baby. Other symptoms include severe insomnia, paranoia, agitation and restlessness. Homicidal and suicidal thoughts are not uncommon. This condition poses significant danger to the baby’s safety and should be managed as a medical emergency requiring hospitalization of the mother”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
“A psychological reaction that occurs after experiencing a highly stressing event, such as wartime combat, physical violence or a natural disaster. It is usually characterized by depression, anxiety, flashbacks, recurrent nightmares and avoidance of reminders of the event. Individuals can feel emotionally numb, especially with people who were once close to them. Also called delayed-stress disorder or posttraumatic stress syndrome”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

primary healthcare settings
Primary Healthcare Settings are places where individuals can access primary health care. “Primary health care is about providing ‘essential health care’ which is universally accessible to individuals and families in the community and provided as close as possible to where people live and work.”
What is Primary Health Care (n.d.). World Health Organization MIND Project. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mental_health/policy/services/3_MHintoPHC_Infosheet.pdf

Pro-social
“Prosocial behaviors are those intended to help other people. Prosocial behavior is characterized by a concern about the rights, feelings and welfare of other people. Behaviors that can be described as prosocial include feeling empathy and concern for others and behaving in ways to help or benefit other people.” What is Prosocial Behavior? (n.d.).
In The Psychology Dictionary. About.com Psychology website. Retrieved from http://psychology.about.com/od/pindex/g/prosocial-behavior.htm.

Program Evaluation
“is a systematic method for collecting, analyzing, and using information to answer questions about projects, policies and programs, particularly about their effectiveness and efficiency. Stakeholders will want to know if the programs they are funding, implementing, voting for, receiving or objecting to are actually having the intended effect, and answering this question is the job of an evaluator”.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Program_evaluation

Psychiatry
“The branch of medicine that deals with the science and practice of treating mental, emotional or behavioral disorders”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Psychosis
“A serious mental disorder characterized by defective or lost contact with reality, often with hallucinations or delusions, causing deterioration of normal social functioning”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Psychotropic
“In mental illness, a medication prescribed to treat the illness or symptoms of that Illness”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Quality Assurance
“a program for the systematic monitoring and evaluation of the various aspects of a project, service, or facility to ensure that standards of quality are being met”.
Merriam-Webster (2012). Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quality%20assurance

Recovery
“According to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Illness, a process by which people who have a mental illness are able to work, learn and participate fully in their communities. For some individuals, recovery is the ability to live a fulfilling and productive life despite a disability. For others, recovery implies the reduction or complete remission of symptoms”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Residential Treatment
“Intensive and comprehensive psychiatric treatment in a campus-like setting, usually for a minimum of several months”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Resilience
“Resiliency is an inner capacity that when nurtured, facilitated, and supported by others– empowers children, youth, and families to successfully meet life’s challenges with a sense of self determination, mastery and hope”. Resiliency Leadership Ohio & Ohio Department of Mental Health (2008). Youth & Family Consensus Statement on Resiliency & Childrens Mental Health. Retrieved from http://www.resiliencyohio.org/OH_res/prod/assets/resiliency_consensus_statement_2010.pdf Resilience ““An ability to recover from or adjust easily to significant challenges such as misfortune or change”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

SAMHSA
“Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) An agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that is committed to improving the lives of people with or at risk for substance abuse or mental illness. SAMHSA’s vision is A life in the community for everyone, based upon the principle that people of all ages with or at risk for substance abuse disorders and mental illnesses should have the opportunity for a fulfilling life that includes a job, a home, and meaningful relationships with family and friends”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

satisfaction of services
“Caregiver/youth agreement with statements concerning their satisfaction with the quality of services, their involvement in treatment planning, cultural competency, and their outcomes”.
Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (dated May 24, 2006). Phase IV Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Progress Reports: Detailed Overview. Retreived from http://digitallibraries.macrointernational.com/gsdl/collect/evaluati/index/assoc/HASH015f/8ac210e4.dir/doc.pdf

Schizoid
““A pervasive pattern of detachment from social relationships, social isolation and a restricted range of expressing emotions in interpersonal settings. Pattern begins in early adulthood. Does not occur exclusively with schizophrenia, but may also appear with another psychotic disorder or a pervasive developmental disorder. Schizoid behavior is indicated by four or more of the following: – neither desires nor enjoys close relationships, including being part of a family – almost always chooses solitary activities – has little, if any, interest in having sexual experiences with another person – takes pleasure in few, if any, activities – lacks close friends or confidants other than first-degree relatives – appears indifferent to the praise or criticism of others – shows emotional coldness, detachment or flattened affectivity. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Schizoid Personality Disorder
“Primarily characterized by a very limited range of expressing and experiencing emotion. Indifferent to social relationships”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Schizophrenia
“A psychotic disorder characterized by loss of contact with the environment, noticeable deterioration in the level of functioning in everyday life and disintegration of feeling, thought and conduct. Individuals with schizophrenia often hear internal voices not heard by others (hallucinations) or believe things that other people find absurd (delusions). The symptoms also may include disorganized speech and grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior. Individuals with schizophrenia have marked impairment in social or occupational functioning”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Schizotypal Personality Disorder
“Peculiarities of thinking, odd beliefs and eccentricities of appearance, behavior, interpersonal style and thought (e.g., belief in psychic phenomena and having magical powers). ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Screening
“In mental health, a brief formal or informal assessment to identify individuals who have mental health problems or are likely to develop such problems. If a problem is detected, the screening can also determine the most appropriate mental health services for the individual”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI)
“A class of antidepressants that act within the brain to increase the amount of serotonin, a chemical nerves use to send messages to one another (neurotransmitter). Neurotransmitters are released by one nerve and taken up by other nerves. Those that are not taken up by other nerves are taken up by the same nerve that released them, a process called reuptake. By inhibiting reuptake, SSRIs allow more serotonin to be taken up by other nerves.”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED)
“A diagnosable mental disorder found in individuals from birth to 18 years of age. The disorder is so severe and long lasting it seriously interferes with functioning in family, school, community or other major life activities. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Serious Mental Illness
“A diagnosable mental disorder found in individuals aged 18 years and older. The disorder is so severe and long lasting, it seriously interferes with a person’s ability to take part in major life activities”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Social Anxiety Disorder
“Characterized by extreme anxiety about being judged by others or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or ridicule. Individuals experience excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. Physical symptoms may include heart palpitations, faintness, blushing and profuse sweating. Individuals often worry for days or weeks in advance of a dreaded situation. Symptoms may be limited to only one type of situation, such as fear of speaking in formal or informal situations or eating, drinking or writing in front of others. In its most severe form, individuals may experience symptoms anytime they are around other people”.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Spiritual Advisor
a counselor or someone to talk to about life and faith experiences

Stakeholder
“a person or group that has an investment, share, or interest in something,” or is affected by it, Stakeholder. (n.d.).
In Dictionary.com online. Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/stakeholder

Stigma
“A mark of shame or discredit. A sign of social unacceptability”. Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.).
Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Strategic Plan
“Strategic planning is a systematic process through which an organization agrees on—and builds commitment among key stakeholders to—priorities that are essential to its mission and are responsive to the environment. Strategic planning guides the acquisition and allocation of resources to achieve these priorities”. (Allison & Kaye, 2005, p. 1)
Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (2011). Guide to Sound Business Practices for Family-Run Organizations in Children’s Mental Health. Retrieved from http://www.tapartnership.org/docs/guideToSoundBusinessPractices.pdf

Strengths-Based Treatment
““In mental health, a process that builds upon an individual’s strengths to work towards recovery. ”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Substance Abuse
“The inappropriate use of and possibly addiction to illegal and legal substances including alcohol and prescription and non-prescription drugs. “
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Sustainability
“Provides a basis for understanding the critical elements or components that are necessary to sustain systems of care beyond Federal grant funding. ”
Sustainability Planning Tool Kit (2003). Overview. Retrieved from http://www.tapartnership.org/docs/SustainabilityOverview.pdf

System of Care
“A “system of care” is an organizational philosophy and framework that involves collaboration across agencies, families, and youth for the purpose of improving access and expanding the array of coordinated community-based, culturally and linguistically competent services and supports for children and youth with a serious emotional disturbance and their families”.
Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (2011). Systems of Care. Retrieved from http://www.tapartnership.org/systemsOfCare.php.

System of Care Values
Family Driven, Youth, Guided, Individualized and Community-Based, Evidence Based, and Culturally and Linguistically Competent “1.Family driven and youth guided, with the strengths and needs of the child and family determining the types and mix of services and supports provided. 2.Community based, with the locus of services as well as system management resting within a supportive, adaptive infrastructure of structures, processes, and relationships at the community level. 3.Culturally and linguistically competent, with agencies, programs, and services that reflect the cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic differences of the populations they serve to facilitate access to and utilization of appropriate services and supports and to eliminate disparities in care.”
System of Care Values and Principles. (n.d.). Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health website. Retrieved from http://www.tapartnership.org/SOC/SOCvalues.php

Therapy
“Treatment of physical, mental or behavioral problems that is meant to cure or rehabilitate. Psychotherapy emphasizes substituting desirable responses and behavior patterns for undesirable ones.”
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Six Guiding Principles of Trauma-Informed Practice: Safety: Because trauma involves a physical or emotional threat it’s important that services and supports be hospitable.Trustworthiness: Trauma impacts one’s ability to trust. Trust comes from role clarification, clear and consistent actions and policies, and clear tasks. Choice: Prioritizing family and youth choice in services and supports and providing mutuality; a shared relationship. Collaboration: Working jointly with families and youth through shared power. Empowerment: Recognizing the importance for families and youth to achieve mastery, develop skills, and utilize these skills. Language Access & Cultural Competence: Eliminating health disparities based on culture and language differences. Six Guiding Principles of Trauma-Informed Practice. (n.d.).
Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health website. Retrieved from http://www.tapartnership.org/docs/presentations/socMeetingSummer2011/day3/Workshop%2077-%20Making%20Change%20Last/THRIVE%20Trauma-Informed%20principles%20and%20key%20questions.pdf

Trauma-Informed
“When a human service program takes the step to become trauma-informed, every part of its organization, management, and service delivery system is assessed and potentially modified to include a basic understanding of how trauma affects the life of an individual seeking services. Trauma-informed organizations, programs, and services are based on an understanding of the vulnerabilities or triggers of trauma survivors that traditional service delivery approaches may exacerbate, so that these services and programs can be more supportive and avoid re-traumatization.”
Trauma-Informed Care and Trauma Services. (n.d.) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website. Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/nctic/trauma.asp

Treatment plan
“A treatment plan is a written plan created by a therapist and patient that is used as a guide to how therapy should ideally proceed in order to address clinical and any other relevant life issues. It is central to effective therapy.”*
Zwolinski, R. & Zwolinski, C. R. (2009). Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On without Wasting Time or Money. Health Communications, Inc. Deerfield Beach, FL. Retrieved from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-soup/2010/01/the-mental-health-treatment-plan-introduction-to-an-essential-ingredient/

Vision
“The vision statement articulates the future of the organization and the community that it serves. The vision statement, when compared with the current reality of the organization or the community, implies the work still needs to be accomplished. In this way, it lends credibility and motivation to the mission statement.”
Capacity Development Fact Sheet – The Importance of Organizational Mission and Vision. (2008). Center for African Refugees and Immigrants website. Retrieved from http://www.ecdc-cari.org/docs/Mission_Vision.pdf

Workforce Development
“workforce development is how an industry or organization attracts workers, retains workers and provides them with learning and skilling opportunities. In the fitness, sport and recreation industry this applies to both employees and volunteers. It includes: the knowledge and skills of workers (employees and volunteers); the organization(s)and communities in which workers operate; and broader factors such as government policy and funding, legislation, and industry regulation and best practice. Workforce development is more than education and training alone. It also embraces many existing strategies already used or in place across industry, e.g. mentoring programs, industry workshops, and on-the-job training programs. ”
What Is Workforce Development. (n.d.). Skills Alliance website. Retrieved from http://www.skillsalliance.com.au/What_is_Workforce_Development.aspx

Wraparound
A process in which families with children who have severe emotional disturbance are able to address their needs through a strengths-based, family-driven team approach. A “wraparound facilitator” helps link families of children with severe emotional disturbances with needed services and supports. All members of the family are served through a partnership with the facilitator and other service professionals. The family can choose others they want to have as a part of the team, including friends, church members and relatives. Wraparound helps develop creative strategies to meet the needs of each person that may include both traditional and non-traditional approaches and supports.
Glossary of Mental Health/Mental Illness Terminology (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthconnection.org/pdfs/glossary.pdf

Youth M.O.V.E.
“Youth M.O.V.E. is a coalition of youths, youth advocates, parents, and professionals who increase awareness of youth issues and encourage providers to involve youths in decisions about their care and treatment. The group has worked with SAMHSA to define “”youth-guided system”" and to provide grants to youth organizations that promote social inclusion for youth involved in behavioral health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare systems”" “”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 members of Youth M.O.V.E. National work as a diverse collective to unite the voices and causes of youth while raising awareness around youth issues. They advocate for youth rights and voice in mental health and the other systems that serve them, for the purpose of empowering youth to be equal partners in the process of change.”"” “Resource Organizations – Youth M.O.V.E. (n.d.).
SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health website. Retrieved from http://promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/topic/art/organizations.aspx Mission and Vision Statement. (n.d.). Youth Move National website. Retrieved from http://www.youthmovenational.org/mission-and-vision-statement “

Youth-guided
“youth are engaged as equal partners in creating systems change. Whereas adults have historically worked on behalf of youth, this value calls for systems of care to create partnerships that allow youth and adults to collaborate for the purpose of system transformation. Systems of care strive to create meaningful, equal partnerships between youth and adults in planning, implementation, and evaluation across a broad spectrum of organizations and activities in local communities, states, territories, and tribes as well as at a national level”. (DHHS, 2009).
Reid, R. (2011). Integrating “Youth Guided” and “Cultural and Linguistic Competence” Values Into Systems of Care. Washington, DC: Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health. Available at http://www.tapartnership.org