Well-being

Trauma-Informed Care for the Full Range of RHY Services
Trauma-informed care is increasingly recognized as a best practice for serving young people who have experienced homelessness. Very often young people endure multiple types of physical, psychological, and emotional maltreatment or abuse, resulting in “complex trauma” that researchers have associated with significant mental health problems including depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse. Research indicates that RHY organizations should provide trauma-informed services that thoroughly screen, assess, and serve youth to identify and address trauma.

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Guidance in Addressing COVID-19
Coronavirus is impacting individuals, families, communities, organizations, and state and local governments throughout the United States. NCHYF wants to share with you guidance in a number of areas, which is continuously being updated.

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Get to Know a Grantee: Alternatives for Girls
We developed the Get to Know a Grantee questionnaire to illustrate the great variety of youth-serving FYSB grantees, to share their insights on the work that they do, and to inspire collaboration and the sharing of experiences and ideas. This month, we feature Alternatives for Girls, a Detroit-based nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and explore opportunities to be safe, to grow strong, and to make positive choices in their lives.

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Dispose of Old Prescriptions on April 27, National Take Back Day
Check your medicine cabinets, clean out those old prescriptions — National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coming up!

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5 Essential Facts and Figures About Runaway and Homeless Youth
Runaway and homeless youth (RHY) can seem like an invisible population because they don’t always match our expectations of what homelessness—or youth—looks like. In this slideshow, learn some of the big statistics about this population, which might be larger and more diverse than you realized. Data drawn from our Issue Brief, Facts and Figures About Runaway and Homeless Youth.

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Hepatitis A: Vigilance Needed for a Growing Problem
CDC is reporting widespread outbreaks of hepatitis A. Because people experiencing homelessness are at increased risk of becoming infected with the hepatitis A virus, it is now recommended that all persons aged 1 year and older experiencing homelessness receive the hepatitis A vaccine. Read more about hepatitis A and how to prevent it.

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Runaway and Homeless Youth, Mental Health, and Trauma-Informed Care
Whether it’s abuse, the consequences of living in poverty, a lack of empathy and support for their self-identity, or some combination of the three, runaway and homeless youth (RHY) often experience significant challenges to their happiness and well-being. Trauma-informed care can help RHY rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

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The Health Needs of Homeless Youth
Despite the importance of a healthy youth population, runaway and homeless youth face many barriers to physical health and many obstacles to obtaining care.

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New Fact Sheet a Pathfinder to Food Assistance Resources
The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides direct food assistance to eligible individuals and families. A recent factsheet may help RHY program grantees and other organizations identify food assistance sources for their clients in need.

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New Research Shows Impact of Opioid Epidemic on Child Welfare Services
After more than a decade of sustained declines in the national foster care caseload, beginning in 2012, the number of children entering foster care began to rise.

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