In addition to providing services for Transition Age
Youth, Paving the Way works with collaborations in its
seven-county service area to enhance mental health care. In particular, it is supporting efforts to create better systems of mental health care in the rural communities it serves.
As a part of this goal, Paving the Way is partnering
with collaborations in the six outlying counties to introduce Reaching Teens. This program, written by
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg and published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, focuses on strength-based communication strategies designed to build resilience and support healthy adolescent development. Reaching Teens is a multi-media program that can be completed individually or by entire agencies.
Paving the Way is supporting county-wide adoption of Reaching Teens so every system is speaking the same language when it works with teens - from education to child welfare to juvenile services to mental health agencies.
To help communities begin the process of collaborating on Reaching Teens, Paving the Way will provide one handbook at no cost to each interested agency. Along with the book, agencies will receive access to more than 400 films and videos that enhance learning in a practice setting and offer suggested group discussions. The full program provides up to 60 social work contact hours and CEUs, and up to 65 Continuing Education Credits through the ACCME.
To participate, agencies must be in one of the following counties: Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker and/or Somervell.
If you are interested in working with others in your community to improve services and outcomes for teens, and you would like a free copy of Reaching Teens, please click here to let us know.