HTI Tool Kit Launched
The HTI Tool Kit displays documents developed and/or used by Healthy Transition Initiative jurisdictions at both the state and community level. As an adaptable and versatile educational resource, this Tool Kit serves as a starting place for those states and communities who are beginning to plan for ways of better meeting the needs of young adults with mental health challenges.
Upcoming Webinar: "Bridging Service Gaps: System Integration Strategies for Service Providers Working with Young Adults with Mental Health Issues"
Date: August 26, 2014
Time: 10am - 11am Pacific / 1pm - 2pm Eastern
This webinar addresses strategies for meeting the cross-system needs of young people with mental health conditions in the transition years. We will begin with a brief review of the challenges resulting from service fragmentation and varied eligibility criteria. Then we will share innovative collaborative and service integration strategies developed by staff at the Early Assessment and Support Alliance, a statewide initiative in Oregon with the EASA Center for Excellence (technical assistance) located in Portland and Thresholds Youth Programs in Chicago. The webinar will also feature a young adult perspective on involvement in services and will conclude with recommendations for bridging service gaps.Presenters:
- Ryan Melton, Ph.D., ACS, LPC, Clinical Director at the EASA Center for Excellence and Senior Research Associate at Portland State University's Regional Research Institute
- Marc Fagan, Psy.D., Vice President of Clinical Operations and Youth Services at Thresholds, participant in numerous local and national advocacy groups, and consultant to organizations working with at-risk young adults
- Pauline Jivanjee, Ph.D., Research Associate at Pathways Research and Training Center and Co-Principal Investigator of the Pathways Transition Training Collaborative, as well as Associate Professor at the Portland State University School of Social Work.
Former RTC Researcher Invited to White House Summit
Lisa Stewart, faculty at CSU Monterey, testified at the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington DC on June 23, 2014 to promote policies that benefit working families. Dr. Stewart continues to collaborate with the RTC on work-life issues, most recently on a symposium titled "Challenges and Supports for Employed Parents of Children and Youth with Special Needs" at the Work and Family Researchers Network Conference in New York on June 20, 2014.
Tips to Help Young Adults Research and Prepare for a Career
"What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?", a new publication from Pathways' Career Visions project, offers young adults guidance on career research, including preliminary exploration, getting and conducting informational interviews, and using internet resources for further inquiry.
Pathways Project Partner Receives Award
Sarah Kastelic of the National Indian Child Welfare Association and a partner of Pathways' Finding Our Way project, received the 2014 Independent Sector American Express NGen Leadership Award for her leadership in empowering Native communities to combat child abuse and neglect.
New Journal Article by Pathways Author
Pathways' Kris Gowen, along with other researchers from Oregon and Michigan, were published in the Journal of Adolescent Research with the article "The Meaning of Respect in Romantic Relationships Among Low-Income African American Adolescents."
New Issue of Focal Point: Co-Occurring Disorders
Between one-third and one-half of young adults with mental health challenges have co-occurring substance use issues. This issue of Focal Point examines treatments and supports for this population.
Addendum to Pathways' 2013 Conference Proceedings
We have added a new section of background information to our Conference Proceedings. This new section – Appendix D – provides more detail on the process of developing and validating the Pathways model, which describes a positive developmental approach to working effectively with emerging adults with serious mental health conditions. Steps that need to be taken by mental health services and systems in order to better adopt this evidence-informed, theoretically grounded practice model are also discussed.