System / Policy Analysis and Change

Description

S/PAC = System / Policy Analysis and Change

The System/Policy Assessment and Change Project (S/PAC) has two sub-projects that address policy and system issues that are relevant to the successful transition of young adults to self-determined community living and community participation:

  • Policy Focus 1 (PF1): Document and analyze the processes, strategies, and outcomes by which organized groups of young adults engage in policy analysis and action relevant to transition; will consist of a study of advocacy organizations, run by young adults, and their experience in making change to major policies.
  • Policy Focus 2 (PF2): Research and document relevant issues related to policy that are important to youth and young adults with mental health challenges.

The activities within each of these two sub-projects will include technical assistance, training, and dissemination.

Publications and Products

Housing and Transition: Meeting the Needs of Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions

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.

Changing the Rules: A Guide for Youth and Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Change Policy

This policy guide is intended for use by youth and young adults working together within a group or organization to make specific change, usually in partnership with other agencies, groups, or organizations.

Advice to Young Adults from Young Adults: Helpful Hints for Policy Change in the Mental Health System

This tip sheet on policy change is designed for use by youth and young adult led organizations that include young people with lived experience in the mental health system in their membership.

Presentations

Changing the Rules: A Guide for Youth and Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Change Policy

Presented at the Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL, March 7, 2017.

Youth/Young Adult Voice at the Agency Level (Y-VAL): Developing an Assessment of Youth and Young Adult Voice in Organizational Advising and Decision Making (Part 2)

Presented at the Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL, March 6, 2017.

Developing an Assessment of Youth and Young Adult Voice in Organizational Advising and Decision-Making (Part 1)

Presented at the Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL, March 6, 2017.

Stepping Up: Successful Advocacy by Youth and Young Adult-Led Organizations

Presented at the Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL, March 14, 2016.

Finding Gold: Results from National Outcome Measures for Healthy Transition Initiative

Presented at the Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL, March 2016.

Stepping Up: Successful Advocacy by Youth and Young Adult-Led Organizations

Presented at the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health Conference, Washington, D.C., November 2015.