Trainings for Professionals/Providers

As a result of the Rosie D. lawsuit and new Medical Home Models of Care, the last several years have seen an increased focus on involving families and family-driven principles in the provision of medical and mental health care. PPAL has engaged in a substantial effort to educate professionals and providers about how to engage with families so that their involvement is effective and meaningful. Overall, the trainings are designed to help inform and sustain the family-driven model of mental health care delivery.

Police Pocket Guide is a practical guide for police and other first responders on responding to youth with mental health needs.  It includes information on various mental health disorders and medications, specific tips and tools on working with this population and their families, and national and state resources.  This training is designed to give law enforcement officers, legal professionals, and other first responders concrete and specific tools, techniques, and resources on responding to and working with youth with mental health needs and their families.

Juvenile Justice 101 provides helpful information for professionals interacting with families when their child or youth becomes court-involved.  Court-involvement changes the dynamic for families from one in which the parents can make decisions regarding courses of action and desired outcomes for issues for their children and youth to one in which families have little or no control over the same or similar issues before the court which can impact their children and youth to a great extent.  PPAL’s course is intended to provide high level information to assist professionals in helping families navigate the often confusing world of juvenile justice.

All PPAL trainings are FREE of charge to family members. All materials are copyrighted by PPAL.
For more information on any of these training for your community, contact Meri Viano at