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Pathways RTC's newsletter featuring the latest news and research on youth and young adult mental health

April 19, 2018

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News from Pathways RTC

2018 Special State-of-the-Science Issue of Focal Point Available Now

The 2018 Focal Point is a special State-of-the-Science issue, summarizing current research – and highlighting Pathways' work – on a series of topics related to self-determination and community integration among youth and young adults with mental health challenges. Topics include: youth/young adult peer support, building providers' skills for working effectively with youth and young adults, social network enhancement for young people, assessing youth/young adult voice in agency advising, supporting family involvement and building the capacity of youth-run organizations. Along with the latest research findings from the field, articles describe Pathways projects and results, as well as recommendations for future research.

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Pathways State of the Science: Building Competencies and Skills Among Service Providers Working with Young People

This month we’re highlighting the second in our series of state-of-the-science briefings and project summaries available online. This paper explores what is currently known about the most promising strategies for increasing providers' capacity to deliver effective behavioral health services and supports, and the latest approaches for building skills and competencies among providers that work with young people who experience serious mental health conditions.

Read the state-of-the-science brief »

Stuff We Like

New Pathways Webinar Recording: Supporting College Success for Youth with Lived Experiences in Foster Care

In this webinar, presenters shared details of their programs, all of which are designed to support college success for young adults with mental health stressors and foster care experience. Current young adult participants in the Avenues to College program shared their experiences, and Greg King, Senior Research Associate with NWEA, offered insights and further questions that need to be explored with research.

Watch the recording or read the presentation PDF »

Our Voices Matter in Our Communities: A YouthACT Policy Brief

The Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT) is a national initiative to get more youth with disabilities and their allies involved as leaders who partner with adults and organizations to improve opportunities for youth to succeed in life. YouthACT published this policy brief outlining the key priorities they identified for policy makers : 1) advocacy and self-advocacy and 2) voting and community engagement.

Read the policy brief »



Direct Connect: Building Youth Capacity

Date/Time: Thursday, April 26, 12:30pm – 2pm PT, 3:30pm – 5pm ET

Featuring two Youth MOVE National speakers – Johanna Bergan, Executive Director, and Madeline Zielinski, Youth Program Specialist – this Learning Community is a virtual forum for youth and young adults to develop professional skill sets, connect as a community to share and gather new resources, and unite with other youth advocates and professional peers from across the country.

Register for the webinar »

Webinar: Preventing Disability Among Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions: Is it the Condition or Is it System Effects?

Date/Time: Thursday, May 31, 10am – 11am PT, 1pm – 2pm ET

The presenter, Michelle Mullen, will discuss ways in which the mental health system can lead to the development of "system effects" that are commonly misinterpreted as psychiatric symptoms. She will introduce HYPE, Helping Youth on the Path to Employment, a new supported employment service that prioritizes education.

Register for the webinar »

ISMICC Public Meeting

Date/Time: Friday, June 8, 2018, 6am – 2pm PT, 9am – 5pm ET

Access the Webcast: www.hhs.gov/live or by phone: 1–888–928–9713, passcode 7160920

The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) will make its June 8 meeting public via webcast. The meeting will include information on federal efforts related to serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disturbance (SED), including data evaluation, and recommendations for action. Anyone interested in making a public comment needs to send an email to pamela.foote@samhsa.hhs.gov by May 24. Written comments received in advance of the meeting will be included in the official record of the meeting.

Learn more about ISMICC »

SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for Up to $16.8 Million for the Healthy Transitions Program

Application Deadline: May 14, 2018

SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders grant program, which will provide up to $16.8 million over the next 5 years. The program aims to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults ages 16–25 who have a serious emotional disturbance or a serious mental illness. SAMHSA expects to fund four grantees with up to $1 million per year for up to 5 years.

Apply or learn more »

University of Maryland, Baltimore Training Institutes

Date/Location: July 25–28, 2018, Washington, DC

The Training Institutes, sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and hosted by The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, will focus on the theme, "LEADING CHANGE – Integrating Systems and Improving Outcomes in Behavioral Health for Children, Youth, Young Adults, and Their Families." There will also be six Pre-Institute Programs offering in-depth sessions including best practices in residential interventions, reducing anti-LGBTQ+ bias, supervision in Wraparound, adaptive system of care leadership, and more.

Learn more about the Pre-Institutes »

Register for The Institutes and Pre-Institutes »

2018 Early Psychosis Peer Meeting – Grantee Applications Deadline Extended to May 11

Date/Location: August 22–24, 2018, Portland, OR

Extended Application Deadline: May 11, 2018

This peer meeting for SoC Grantees will provide the opportunity for selected teams of state and local decision makers to learn from national experts about effective implementation strategies for Early Psychosis Intervention, and from one another about plans and current work in their own states/counties.

Learn more »

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This activity is supported by a grant funded by both the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services (NIDILRR grant 90RT5030). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL). The content does not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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