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.   

Policy News  

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Policy Committee!
  • Hearing on "Expanding Opportunity by Funding What Works: Using Evidence to Help Low-Income Individuals and Families Get Ahead"
  • Ortho signs on to letter supporting the Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members Act
  • Introducing the Coalition on Public Safety: Well-known progressive and conservative organizations join forces to support criminal justice reform 
  • Ortho signs on to letter urging Congress to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Ortho signs on to letters recommending the elimination of the Medicare 190-day lifetime limit for inpatient psychiatric services  
  • GAO Report: HHS leadership must coordinate federal efforts related to serious mental illness
  • Ortho endorses a position statement that calls for ending the practice of automatic shackling of youth in juvenile courts 
  • Ortho adopts a position statement that calls for attention to the mental health needs of children experiencing homelessness 
  • Ortho signs on to letter recommending funding for behavioral health providers to afford electronic health records, to better coordinate patient care
  • Haruv International Conference on Child Maltreatment in Context: call for abstracts, due March 30, 2015
  • Ortho partners with the Campaign Against Indiscriminate Juvenile Shackling
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Research Corner

What's Happening in Congress
  • Introduced: Mental Health First Act (S. 711)
  • Introduced: Mental Health in Schools Act  (H.R. 1211)
  • Introduced: Medical Evaluation Parity for Service members Act (S. 646)
  • Introduced: Protecting and Retaining Our Children's Health Insurance Program Act (S. 522)
  • Passed House: International Megan's Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking (H.R. 4573)
  • Passed House: Stop Exploitation through Trafficking Act (H.R. 159)
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S. 262)
  • Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Reauthorization and the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Act (H.R. 68)
  • EnactedPreventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R. 4980)
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Spotlight on AJO

Available now in 
Vol. 85 (1): 

Social Innovations: Teaching with Strengths in Trauma-Affected Students: A New Approach to Healing and Growth in the Classroom
Coping with Depression in a Cultural Context: Ethnic Identity, Perceived Support, and Depressive Symptoms Among Racial Minority Immigrant-Origin Adolescents
Adjustment of Children and Youth: Coping with War Trauma and Psychological Distress Among School-Age Palestinian Children

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