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Updated September 8, 2016 1:11 PM
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(BLOOMFIELD) - Three percent of Hoosier children who are being treated for mental health issues also are battling a substance abuse diagnosis.

That's higher than the national rate of 4.3 percent. Experts say the two issues often are intertwined. But when a young person is struggling with addiction or a mental health condition, many adults don't know where to turn to get them the counseling they need.
 
To help youth workers, parents and other caring adults find answers to that question, the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) and Purdue Extension of Greene County are hosting a free public forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13 at the Greene County Community Event Center, 4503 West State Road 54 in Bloomfield.
 
Aaron Garner is the community liaison for Valle Vista Health System. Garner will talk attendees through the process of a young person going through mental health or substance abuse treatment programs. He will speak about the types of services available and give attendees a better understanding of what happens during a treatment or rehabilitation program.
 
As part of IYI's Youth Worker Café program, the forum and lunch are free, but reservations are required. Please RSVP at www.iyi.org/ywc. If you have trouble with the link, contact IYI Statewide Outreach Manager Debbie Jones via email at djones@iyi.org.
 
Youth Worker Cafés are designed to bring together local youth workers to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children. For more information, contact IYI Southwest Outreach Manager Joe Shrode via email at jshrode@iyi.org.



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