Our goal is to improve the lives of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions through rigorous research and effective training and dissemination. Our work is guided by the perspectives of young people and their families, and based in a positive development framework.

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Recent Publications

Journal Article: Better Futures: a Randomized Field Test of a Model for Supporting Young People in Foster Care with Mental Health Challenges to Participate in Higher Education Abstract

Journal Article: Meeting the Transition Needs of Urban American Indian/Alaska Native Youth through Culturally Based Services Abstract

Tip Booklet: What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? PDF


Upcoming Webinar: "Addressing Homelessness among Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: A Social Networks Approach"

Date: June 2, 2015
Time: 10am - 11am PST / 1pm - 2pm EST

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Pathways RTC's quarterly webinar is dedicated to the problem of homelessness. Jennifer Blakeslee, PhD will present a social network support perspective on this growing problem for youth aging out of foster care. She will present data on how the depleted social networks among youth aging out of foster care combined with the sudden ending of formal relationships at age 18 contributes to housing insecurity/homelessness among this group. Dr. Blakeslee will also discuss the possible future policy changes that may result as policymakers absorb this complex issue – and make intervention recommendations to bolster the informal social support networks of foster youth.

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Special Issue of the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research with Guest Editors from Pathways RTC: Spring 2015

This special issue, which is available online and will be printed in spring of 2015, highlights new research about interventions and programs that are successful in improving outcomes for emerging adults who experience serious mental health conditions.

Read the abstracts and self-archived manuscripts in full text »

Two Pathways Tipsheets Translated into Spanish

Translation of these tipsheets for service providers was supported by the Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health (see full acknowledgments on the back of the tip sheets).

Authors' Manuscripts Available in Full Text

These authors’ manuscripts for recent journal articles featuring Pathways’ Better Futures and Finding Our Way projects discuss findings about supports for youth in higher education, and culturally-based services for AI/NA young people, respectively. The final articles were published in the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research and are available from Springer at the links provided on the last page of the authors' manuscripts.

Three New Training Modules

We are pleased to announce the release of the next three online modules in the Pathways Transition Training Partnership's training series for service providers working with youth and young adults. These modules focus on providing culturally responsive services and the specific focus of each is as follows:

2015 Edition of Early Psychosis Intervention Projects National Directory

The EASA Center for Excellence, which has a research project with Pathways, and the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Healthcare published the second edition of the National Directory in January 2015. It contains updated contact and basic program information for 70 early psychosis intervention projects in 18 states.

New Article on Supporting Youth to Participate in Higher Education

This article in the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research highlights positive outcomes from an intervention by Pathways' Better Futures project (a precursor to Project FUTURES) to improve post-secondary preparation and participation of youth in foster care with mental health challenges.

New Article on Culturally-Based Services for AI/NA Young People

Pathways' Finding Our Way project has produced the article "Meeting the Transition Needs of Urban American Indian/Alaska Native Youth through Culturally Based Services", newly released in the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research.

Pathways RTC Receives Five-Year Award from NIDRR and CMHS

Janet Walker, Director of the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, together with multiple research faculty from the Regional Research Institute and faculty from the School of Social work, received a 5-year, $​4,375,000 award from the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Center for Mental Health Services. The award extends funding of Pathways, which will continue to develop and evaluate interventions that are focused on improving outcomes for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions. Pathways will also conduct policy research, and will undertake an array of training, dissemination and technical assistance activities.

Pathways Partner Testifies on Behalf of Native Children at UN Convention

NICWA Executive Director Terry Cross, Co-PI for Pathways' Finding Our Way project, and NICWA Board Member Jocelyn Formsma testified in favor of U.S. compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination treaty in Geneva, Switzerland, on August 12, to advocate for the rights of Indigenous children.

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.

HTI Policy Briefs

The Healthy Transition Initiative was funded by SAMHSA to support seven states in implementing evidence-based models of service delivery for young adults with serious mental health challenges. These two policy briefs, funded by Georgetown University's National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health, outline the resulting changes at the practice/organizational level and the policy/systems change level.
HTI Issue Brief 1 »
HTI Issue Brief 2 »

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.

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The development of the contents of this website was supported by funding from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, United States Department of Education, and the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services.


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