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.   

This year, Ortho will sponsor the

29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent,
and Young Adult Behavioral Health
March 13 – 16, 2016

Ortho will also be sponsoring a track of presentations, with the theme: Changing norms, strategies, and systems to support behavioral health and social justice.

Highlighted speakers include Gregory Herek, University of California, Davis; Michael Wald, Stanford University; and David Anderson, Lydia Home Association. 

The deadline for proposals is October 30, 2015.  All authors whose submissions are accepted will have the opportunity to submit papers for possible inclusion in a special issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 

Information about the conference and the link to the submission system is available here: http://www.cmhconference.com/

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What's Happening in Congress
  • Mental Health and Safe Communities Act (S. 2002
  • Youth PROMISE Act (H.R. 2197
  • Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act (H. R. 2944)
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act (S. 1169)
  • Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177)
  • Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646)
  • Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Reauthorization (H.R. 938)
  • Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act (H.R. 1854)
  • Promise Neighborhoods Authorization Act (S. 514)

Spotlight on AJO

Available now in 
Vol. 85 (4): 
    • Suicide risk assessments: Examining influences on clinicians' professional judgment
    • Deep in the heart of Texas: A phenomenological exploration of unsheltered homelessness
    • Happiness on the street: Overall happiness among homeless people in Madrid
    • Positive aspects of being a heterosexual ally to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people
    • The relevance and implications of organizational involvement for serious mental illness populations
And much more

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