Improving the Lives of Young People with Serious Mental Health Conditions Through Research & Training

New Webinar Recording: "Enhancing Skills for Peer Support Providers: Research on the AMP+ Skills Enhancement Training"

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This webinar, which took place on September 18, 2018, reported on a study testing the AMP+ skills-enhancement intervention for peer support providers working with youth and young adults. AMP+ provides web-based training and video coaching that is specific to the peer role. Peers reported high satisfaction, improved their skills, and reported reduced work-related anxiety.

New Report on Housing and Transition Needs of Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions

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This report addresses challenges faced by transition-age youth and young adults with mental health conditions as they try to find and maintain stable housing. This document was written specifically for program designers, administrators, and policy-makers, and others who are planning to develop or modify housing supports that are available to young adults.

New Issue of Focal Point – Community Integration: State of the Science

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The latest issue of Focal Point, Pathways RTC's annual research review, includes a series of research summaries that reflect the state of the science and project descriptions focused on the theme of community integration for youth and young adults who experience serious mental health conditions.

New Journal Article on the Transition Service Provider Competency Scale

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This paper reports on the identiļ¬cation of a set of core competencies for service providers working with youth with mental health needs in the transition years and the development and psychometric testing of the Transition Service Provider Competency Scale (TSPCS), a 15-item self-report instrument.

New Strategy Brief: Supporting College Student Success through Connections to Mentors and Campus Champions

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This brief shares best practices learned on the Project Futures research study being conducted at Portland State University and local community colleges in Portland, Oregon. The study is testing evidence-based mentoring strategies for college freshmen with lived experience in foster care and with mental health stressors.

New Monograph Discusses Integration of Early Psychosis Services in a System of Care Framework

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This monograph, titled "The Integration of Early Psychosis Services in a System of Care Framework: Opportunities, Issues, and Recommendations," describes how an SOC approach, coupled with specialized early psychosis intervention, can create a sustainable infrastructure, significantly decrease the duration of untreated psychosis, and improve service delivery and outcomes for youth and young adults with early signs of psychosis.

New Webinar Recording on College Success for Young Adults with Foster Care Experience

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This webinar focused on programs designed to support young adults with mental health stressors and foster care experience to succeed in college. Representatives from multiple programs shared details of their implementation successes and lessons learned, program sustainability, and what further questions need to be explored with research. This webinar will be of interest for others looking to establish or strengthen resources in their own universities/communities, as well as other researchers, providers and program administrators working in the field, and young adults with lived experiences.

New Journal Article on Caregiver Strain and Work-Life Integration

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This article examined employment engagement (i.e., months of employment, hours worked per week, days of work missed due to the child's challenges) among caregivers of children and youth entering community-based mental health service systems.