Transition Policy Consortium (2009-2014)

Description  

Young people with serious mental health conditions often drop out or are forced out of services between the ages of 18 and 21. Policy and funding barriers, lack of attractive treatment models, and poor coordination between and across child and adult systems all contribute to this phenomenon. The Transition Policy Consortium included several strands of work focused on identifying effective strategies for increasing system capacity to meet the needs of young people with serious mental health conditions as they transition into adulthood. Particular emphasis was placed on understanding how state and federal policies encourage or inhibit this sort of system development.

One strand of research focused on implementation of the Community Support for Transition Inventory (CSTI). This inventory was developed to assess services infrastructure available at both community and state levels to support transition aged youth and young adults. This infrastructure might include policies, administrative rules, mechanisms for collaboration with partner agencies, and ways of involving youth and family members in decision making.

The second strand involved analyzing key policies or policy areas that have significant impact on the lives of young people with serious mental health conditions and their families during the transition years. The project undertook an analysis of key provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act from the perspective of the needs and preferences of young adults. This resulted in a series of brief papers explicating some of the key components of health care reform.

Publications and Products

Implementing the Peer Support Specialist Role: Peer Support in a Youth-led Drop-in Center

This case study examines how a chapter of Youth MOVE National has implemented the Peer Support Specialist role for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions at drop-in centers for youth. The brief covers aspects of training, coaching, supervision, role definition and financing; and describes challenges and solutions.

Implementing the Peer Support Specialist Role: Providing Direct, Individualized Support in a Local Program

This case study examines how one locally-initiated program has implemented the Peer Support Specialist role for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions. The brief covers aspects of training, coaching, supervision, role definition and financing; and describes challenges and solutions.

Implementing the Peer Support Specialist Role: Youth Peer Support in Wraparound

This case study examines how Pennsylvania has implemented and supported the Peer Support Specialist role for emerging adults with serious mental health conditions. The brief covers aspects of training, coaching, supervision, role definition and financing; and describes a series of challenges and solutions.

FAQ: Defining, Supporting, and Sustaining the Peer Support Specialist Role

This FAQ summarizes what agencies are learning about defining, supporting, and sustaining the Peer Support Specialist role.

FAQ: Student Loans, For-Profit Colleges, and Traditional Colleges: Some Things You Should Know Before Borrowing.

This FAQ is designed to help prospective college students become better informed about student loans, particularly those used to finance education at for-profit institutions.

FAQ: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Services and Supports for Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions

By 2014, approximately 80% of young adults who otherwise would be uninsured will have gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as health care reform or "Obamacare"). What does this mean for young adults with serious mental health conditions? This publication answers frequently asked questions, and urges stakeholders to get involved now to influence important decisions that will determine what sorts of services and supports will be made available under the ACA.

Youth Voice in Policy: A Guide to Shaping History

This document, created in partnership with the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, provides youth and young adults who have received mental health services and who have experienced multiple child-serving systems with the basic skills they need to advocate for issues they feel are important.

Presentations

Assessing the State/Local Implementation Context for Comprehensive Transition Support

Presented at the 27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL, March, 2014.

Community / State Supports for Transition Inventories: Reading State and Stakeholder Reports from the CSTI / SSTI

Webinar Presented online October 17, 2013. [video recording not available]

Unfinished Business: Brain Development & Traumatic Stress in Transition-age Youth

Webinar presented online November 13, 2012.

Assessing Community Support for Young Adults with Mental Health Challenges

Presented April 2012 at the NARRTC Annual Conference in Alexandria, VA.

Assessing Community- and State-Level Policy Support for a Transition Service System

Symposium presented March, 2012, at the Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference in Tampa, FL.

Policy Themes in Community and State Support for Comprehensive Transition Programs

Presented March, 2012, at the Healthy Transitions Initiative Grant Community Meeting: Adult/Child System Collaboration for Better Outcomes in Annapolis, MD.

Healthy Transitions to Adulthood: Policy Implications

Webinar presented December 16, 2010 as part of the 2010 National TA Center Webinar Series.

Introduction to the Community Supports for Wraparound Inventory

This presentation is ongoing.