Article: Community and State Systems Change Associated with the Healthy Transitions Initiative
This article focuses on one set of efforts to create intentional system changes at both the community and state levels. These changes were pursued by states and communities that received grants under the federally-funded Healthy Transitions Initiative (HTI), with the aim of creating more effective services for emerging adults with serious mental health conditions.
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 »
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.