Celebrating 90 Years of Innovation in Mental Health and Social Justice
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!

  • Ortho signs on to letter recommending meaningful use payments to afford electronic health records and provide quality, coordinated care to patients
  • Haruv International Conference on Child Maltreatment in Context: call for abstracts, due March 30, 2015
  • 2015 APHA Annual Meeting: call for abstracts, due February 13, 2015
  • Upcoming webinar: Implementing Evidence Based Practice within Wraparound and Systems of Care 
  • Campaign Against Indiscriminate Juvenile Shackling
  • 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
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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
  • Report: Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America read more 
    Study: Summer Jobs Reduce Violent Crime Among Disadvantaged Youth
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  • 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 
  • Click for details on research

Spotlight on AJO

Available now in AJO, Vol. 84 (6)….
Editorial: Tribute to Milt Shore: Editor and advocate
Reprint: Marking time in the land of plenty: Reflections on mental health in the United States
The Community, Inside the Beltway: Young adults in conflict: Confident but struggling, networked but disconnected
Health and Well-Being of LGBT Persons: Being out at school: Implications for school victimization and young adult adjustment  
Care of People with Serious Mental Illness: Rethinking social inclusion: Experiences of persons in recovery from mental illness
Making Schools Humane for all Students: School-based service delivery for homeless students: Relevant laws and overcoming access barriers 
and much more....

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