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

Tip Booklet: Getting the Most Out of Vocational Rehabilitation PDF

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

Journal Article: The Meaning of Respect in Romantic Relationships Among Low-Income African American Adolescents Abstract

Research Review: Focal Point 2014: Co-Occurring Disorders PDF


Helping Young Adults Navigate Vocational Rehabilitation Services

"Getting the Most out of Vocational Rehabilitation", a companion tip sheet to the recently released "What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?" publication from Pathways' Career Visions project, explains the types of services vocational rehabilitation provides and the process of applying for services, and offers tips and a case study that illustrate how to obtain successful outcomes from VR.

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 »

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

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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.


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Upcoming Webinar: "A Study of the Peer-Mentor Experience From Young Adult and Coach Perspectives"

Date: TBD November, 2014
Time: 10am - 11am Pacific / 1pm - 2pm Eastern

This webinar discusses a study that examined the perspectives of both the coaches and some graduates of the Better Futures project about their work together. We explored how Better Futures was helpful to both coaches and youth; examined the experiences of the coaches, who are not much older than the youth, in providing supports; learned about what aspects of the program were beneficial to the youth involved; and explored how the peer support was different than the support the young people received from other helping professionals.


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.


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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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