I'm one of a few families invited to discuss changes that need to be made to the programs in our county that are supposed to help mental health patients. These programs include, but are not limited to, cps, juvenile justice, police, schools, medicaid county mental health, judges, legislature representatives, early intervention, insurance, doctors, Unitied Way, and the one respite provider. The focus is on how to communicate between agencies, prevention, and making care giving for mentally ill youth easier on the family. I know this might be a can if worms, but do you have any suggestions? Or does your county/state do something really well that you can tell me about so we can copy it. Let me stress there is no funding for new programs here. I need common sense, realistic ideas like the judge sentencing a kid to the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) instead of juvie. The leaders of this group realize that the biggest hurdle is going to be changing peoples attitudes toward mental illness.