Youth and Family Resiliency Leadership Project

The Youth and Family Resiliency Leadership Project is a collaborative leadership effort focusing on the promotion or resiliency consisting of diverse stakeholders led by youth, young adults, and family members who are supported by staff from the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH), the Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) and the Ohio Federation for Children’s Mental Health.

family-resiliencyThe main goal is to develop local systems capacity to foster resiliency at all levels of mental health care and education, including mental health promotion, prevention and intervention with the ultimate outcome of resilient individuals, families and communities.

Project History
In January of 2005, the Ohio Department of Mental Health – OhioMHAS – empowered youth and families to take a lead role in the development and dissemination of a statewide mental health resiliency initiative that informs policy and practice across the developmental life stages from infancy to the transition to adulthood. In 2008, with additional support from Ohio’s Transformation State Incentive Grant (T-SIG) from SAMHSA, the resiliency work group was transformed into Resiliency Leadership Ohio.

Resiliency Leadership Ohio is a youth-guided, family-driven initiative that is co-facilitated by the Center for Innovative Practices at the Begun Center, and the Ohio Federation for Children’s Mental Health, with the support of the Ohio Department of Mental Health.

Utilizing the Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant as a platform, the Resiliency Leadership initiative continues developing strategies for dissemination, raising public awareness, and integrating resiliency into children’s mental health policies.

Resiliency Leadership Ohio’s unique contribution to resiliency and children’s mental health can be found throughout our website. You are invited to join in nurturing, facilitating and supporting resiliency in all youth.

The mission is to empower youth and families to expect, define, and experience a lifetime of hope, well-being, and achievement with full participation in their communities. It is also designed to support and develop local mental health systems that foster resiliency at all levels of mental health care and education, including mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention, with the ultimate outcome of resilient individuals, families, and communities.

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Additional Resiliency Resources

Resiliency, Ohio provides informative resources on resiliency and children’s mental health. Look for our Resiliency Leadership Ohio logo to view resources created by Resiliency Leadership Ohio and our resiliency partners. gives girls reliable, useful information on the health issues they will face as they become young women, and tips on handling relationships with family and friends, at school and at home. Their tagline is “Be Happy. Be Healthy. Be You. Beautiful.” It focuses on the idea that being yourself—finding what makes you smile and how to live well—is what makes you “you.” And that is beautiful!

The mission of the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) is to help keep America’s runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. The organization serves as the federally designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth.

Researchers at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services identify questions of importance to the agency and the public behavioral health system and lead studies that can inform planning priorities, disparities and quality of care. Major statewide research has been conducted on services and outcomes for adults with serious mental illness, as well as children/adolescents with serious emotional disturbances, and youth and young adults in transition.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

The Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) initiative, a shared effort of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS), was created to enhance local options for providing services to juvenile offenders with serious behavioral healthcare needs. Pilot projects that started in a few Ohio counties in early 2000 have grown into a statewide initiative with strong support from additional state and local stakeholders. The projects are designed to transform child-serving systems by enhancing their assessment, evaluation, and treatment of multi-need, multi-system youth and their families. In addition, they provide the Juvenile Court judges an alternative to incarceration.


Richard Shepler, PhD