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Caring Across Communities: Addressing Mental Health Needs of Diverse Children and Youth

Caring Across Communities

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 15 sites across the U.S. are developing model mental health programs that engage schools, families, students, mental health agencies and other community organizations to build effective, easily-accessed services for children and youth.

Program Description The Call for Proposals (PDF version) describes the key common elements shared by all 15 funded sites.  The Caring Across Communities initiative falls under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Vulnerable Populations program area. Grant applications are no longer being accepted for this program.

Grantee Descriptions
Each of the 15 funded sites describes its objectives, target populations, community partners and services provided. New resources will be added to each of the Grantee's pages in the upcoming months. Check the bottom of each page to see what's new!

Asian American Recovery Services
Children’s Crisis Treatment Center
Children’s Hospital Boston
Duke University
Family Service Association of Bucks County
Imperial County Office of Education
Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic
Los Angeles Unified School District
Minneapolis Public Schools
NYU School of Medicine
Portland Public Schools
Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center 
The Village Family Service Center
UNC at Chapel Hill
World Relief-Chicago

What's New
Children of Immigrant and Refugees: What the research tells us
(Updated May 2011)

What is the research telling us about the children of immigrant and refugee students in our schools? Learn about it in this updated and just released fact sheet “Children of Immigrant and Refugee: What the research tells us”.  This fact sheet provides a guide to school and mental health professionals on how to build and foster a culturally competent and accessible school community that can lead to immigrant and refugee student success.  It includes information on the impact of language and culture on mental health service delivery in schools, the impact on access to care and includes a list additional resources and information.

Caring Across Communities Evaluation Report

Clea McNeely, Katharine Sprecher, and Denise Bates. Comparative Case Study of Caring Across Communities: Identifying Essential Components of Comprehensive School-Linked Mental Health Services for Refugee and Immigrant Children. May 2010.

Publications from Caring Across Communities

Caring Across Communities Briefing Kit

Eileen Gale Kugler and Olga Acosta Price.  Helping immigrant and refugee students succeed: It's not just what happens in the classroom. Washington, DC: Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, School of Public Health and Health Services, The George Washington University.

Eileen Kugler. Issue Brief #2: Partnering with Parents and Families to Support Immigrant and Refugee Children at School. June 2009. 

Dina Birman and Wing Yi Chan. Issue Brief #1: Screening and Assessing Immigrant and Refugee Youth in School-Based Mental Health Programs. Spring 2008.

InFocus: Children in Immigrant Families. February 2005.

Margaret Whitsett. Mental Health Interpretation: Recommended Standards and Best Practices. Fall 2007.

Margaret Whitsett. Mental Health Interpreter Training Table: Where to find training? What type? What's the cost? Fall 2007.

Margaret Whitsett. Tips for Mental Health Interpretation: Practice-Based Guidance for Working with Interpreters in Mental Health Settings. January 2008.

Presentations at Annual Conferences

At the 2007, 2008, April 2009 and October 2009 grantee meetings, national experts provided guidance on program management, funding, and mental health service delivery challenges, among other topics.

Caring Across Communities Webinars

Mental Health Screening in Schools, Joshua Kaufman, School Mental Health Services, Los Angeles Unified School District. October 2007.

Beyond Exceptional Care: A Communications Imperative – Attracting, Keeping and Growing Support for the Well-Being of Children of Immigrants and Refugees, Seth Klukoff and Mark Marosits, Worldways Social Marketing. October 2007.

Press Releases

RWJF Announces New School-Connected Mental Health Services

New Initiative Will Fund School-Based Mental Health Services for Children and Youth