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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) announced that the third annual National Drug Facts Week will be held January 28 through February 3, 2013. This week-long observance will bring together teens and scientific experts in community events across the country to discuss scientific facts about drug abuse. National Drug Facts Week is a NIDA initiative which encourages community-based events where teens ask questions of addiction scientists or educators familiar with NIDA’s scientific materials. Events can be sponsored by a variety of organizations, including schools, community groups, sports clubs, book clubs, and local hospitals. Also during National Drug Facts Week, NIDA scientists will hold their annual Web chat with teens around the country.
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Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care

This new guide —written specifically for youth in foster care with input from youth and professionals— looks at ways to handle powerful feelings and behaviors and make healthy choices. Understanding how psychotropic medication can help and what other options are available can be challenging. This guide can help youth decide what’s best. Making Healthy Choices includes useful information, questions to ask, worksheets, and tips on:

  • Recognizing you need help
  • Knowing your rights about your health and who can help you make decisions
  • Considering your options, including helpful approaches other than medication
  • Making decisions about how best to stay healthy
  • Maintaining treatment (taking medication safely and continuing or stopping treatment after leaving foster care)

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 Schedule A Hiring Information…


Learn how the Schedule A Hiring Authority (Schedule A) can benefit youth and young adults with disabilities who are interested in a career with the Federal Government. Find information on who can use Schedule A, how youth can document that they are eligible, and how to apply for a federal job.

Click here to learn more!!

Visit for more information about job training, job search and career planning tools, as well as laws that protect the rights of job seekers and employees with disabilities. Also, check out Disability.Blog to read and comment on articles about other employment-related topics.

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Calling All Youth!

The Federation of Families of South Carolina wants you to join an education and support network for youth, ages 12-21 with mental health issues and/or co-occurring drug and alcohol problems. Siblings and friends are also welcome.

The support network will have educational workshops to help you learn more about mental health disabilities and current youth topics that are important to you and your friends.

Receive the support and help you need when you need it. You are not alone.

If you are interested in joining a Youth Support Network in your area or starting a Youth Support Network, contact:

Jenah Cason
Youth MOVE SC Program Coordinator
Federation of Families of SC
866-779-0402 (toll free)
Email Jenah Cason

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Demi Lovato receives special recognition for sharing her story and breaking the silence about mental health. To read the article, click on the link below.