Celebrating 90 Years of Innovation in Mental Health and Social Justice
Ortho Celebrates Human Rights Day! 

On Human Rights Day, December 10th, we celebrate the date that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming it the "common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations." Ortho supports policies and practices that promote and protect human rights around the world, through its awards program, conferences and symposia, task forces, and publications. Our work highlights the importance of meaningful participation in community life as a cornerstone of human rights-- for example, we emphasize the relationships and social systems that promote positive development and mental health. This emphasis has also motivated our historic focus on vulnerable populations, especially children and adolescents, who may require extra protection in order to access their rights. 

Ortho was founded in 1924 by a small group of individuals with a shared interest in providing a common meeting ground for those engaged in the study and treatment of problems in human behavior. To reflect the interdisciplinary approach of the organization and their work, such as redirecting youth development in a positive direction, they combined the prefix "Ortho" (from the Greek "to straighten") with "psychiatry." Today, Ortho continues to attract professionals from psychology, psychiatry, social work, sociology, nursing, and law who are concerned about the application of mental health research to the creation of humane social policy, the improvement of mental health practice in a manner consistent with human rights, and the prevention of mental health problems.   


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Policy Committee!
  • Briefing: Practical Lessons on Moving Successfully from Prevention Science to Policy: What Works in Getting “What Works” into Policy
  • Ortho joins National Prevention Science Coalition as affiliate member
  • Briefing: Post-Ferguson: The Psychology of Improving Police and Community Relations 
  • SAMHSA Listening Session: Improving Community Mental Health
  • Ortho co-signs letter in support of the Caring for America's Heroes Act 
  • Ortho endorses AAAS Statement urging U.S. to ratify Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 
  • Early career clinicians are encouraged to apply for 2015 Pearson Early Career Grant 
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  • Enacted: Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R. 4980)
  • Introduced: Breaking Addiction Act (H.R. 5136)
  • Introduced: Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act (H.R. 4783) 
  • Introduced: Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S. 2839)
  • Click for details on legislative updates

Research Corner
  • Study: Summer Jobs Reduce Violent Crime Among Disadvantaged Youth read more
  • IOM Report: Harvesting the Scientific Investment in Prevention Science to Promote Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health read more
  • Resource Centre on Families and Disabilities: visit Gerrard Research Centre
  • IOM Report: Investing in the Health and Well-being of Young Adults
  • SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach 
  • CDC Report: Bullying and Suicide: What it Means for Schools 
  • Influence of Perceived and Actual Neighborhood Disorder on Common Mental Illness 
  • Collaborative for Change white paper: Better Solutions for Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System 
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Spotlight on AJO

Available now in AJO, Vol. 84 (5)….
How can Policy Strengthen Community Support for Children in Military Families?
The Effectiveness of Housing Intervention and Housing and Service Interventions on Ending Family Homelessness:  A Systematic Review 
The Psychosocial Impact of Detention and Deportation on U.S. Migrant Children and Families
Dialogue as Skill:  Training a Health Professions Workforce that can Talk About Race and Racism 
and more....

In the Ninth Decade:  Coming From Behind: A Historical Perspective on Black Education and Attainment   

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Spotlight on 

Residential Care and Treatment of Children and Adolescents: Current Issues in the United States and Abroad

Vol 84, Issue 3

This special section contains six articles including a Consensus statement on group care for children and adolescents endorsed by the American Orthopsychiatric Association.  For a Table of Contents and to download articles, go to:  

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