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

May 21, 2019

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Emerging Strategies for Engaging Young People in Systems of Care

This new tip sheet from Pathways explores ways in which systems of care are developing new approaches and adaptations to delivery models to increase engagement among older youth and young adults. Developed by Pathways researchers after conducting a series of interviews with system of care providers, the resource outlines three key engagement strategies that others can implement and includes extensive quotes from providers throughout.

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Reminder: Rescheduled Webinar Happening Today! "Drop-in Centers as a Low-Barrier Engagement Strategy"

Date/Time: May 21, 2019, 10am – 11am PT, 1pm – 2pm ET

For this webinar the presenters will be authors of two articles from our 2019 Focal Point sharing details on their states' use of drop-in centers. Both Massachusetts, with its YouForward Healthy Transitions project, and Kentucky with its Transition Age Youth Launching Realized Dreams (TAYLRD), use drop-in centers as a way to engage transition-age youth and young adults. Join us for this webinar to hear more details about how these two state programs have implemented drop-in centers as part of their success.

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Upcoming Webinar: Approaches to Evaluating Services for Youth and Young Adults of Transition Age

Date/Time: June 27, 2019, 10:30am – 12pm PT, 1:30pm – 3pm ET

On this webinar, Janet Walker, Director of the Pathways Research and Training Center, will describe strategies for assessing services, supports and systems that serve older youth and young adults with significant mental health needs. The focus will be on assessment tools and strategies that are sustainable and efficient, and that produce data that is useful to stakeholders. An example of this kind of approach will be presented by Pnina Goldfarb, a research associate and the evaluator for the Wraparound Milwaukee OYEAH program, which focuses on improving outcomes for young adults who experience serious mental health conditions. Pnina will describe assessment strategies that OYEAH uses, present examples of findings, and discuss how this information has been used to support efforts to improve and sustain services and systems.

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

This policy guide from Pathways is written for youth- and young adult-led groups and organizations that want to make changes in policies that affect them and other transition-age youth. The guide outlines the process of working to change policy, with illustrative examples and quotes highlighted throughout. The resource also includes worksheets that readers can use in their own policy projects.

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Stuff We Like

Meeting the Needs of All Families

The Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) has created a new resource guide, "Meeting the Needs of ALL Families," to provide information for families and providers to highlight the diversity and unique needs of today's families.

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Tackling Mental Health Prejudice and Discrimination

The NIDILRR-funded Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) has published a new resource, "Tackling Mental Health Prejudice and Discrimination." This resource describes anti-prejudice and anti-discrimination initiatives implemented by people with mental health conditions, especially those involved in peer-run programs.

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High School Essay Contest: Speaking Up About Mental Health

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2019

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health essay challenge, Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story seeks insightful essays from US high school students, aged 16 to 18. The essays should describe a specific mental health issue and ideas that can promote better health and well-being in their communities, with a particular emphasis on communicating with parents, peers, school leaders, policy makers, and health professionals

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Webinar: "Multi-Component Engagement Program" – Considerations for Service Provision to Young Adults Early in Their Recovery

Date/Time: May 22, 2019, 10am – 11am PT, 1pm – 2pm ET

In this Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research webinar Michelle R. Munson, PhD will discuss four important aspects of intervention development, as related to creating the "Just Do You" intervention. "Just Do You" is a brief meta-intervention for young adults experiencing one of their first contacts with the mental health system. It was designed to help orient young people to their clinics, their programs, their providers, and typical mental health service components, while also encouraging them that they can be partners in their mental health care decisions. The randomized control trial (RCT) testing the efficacy of the "Just Do You" intervention that Dr. Munson and her colleagues are working on will be presented in this webinar as well.

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Webinar: Supervision and Self-Care for Youth Peer Support Specialists

Date/Time: May 30, 2019, 10am – 11am PT, 1pm – 2pm ET

Youth peer support is a growing field in many mental health and child-serving systems, yet many agencies are new to supervising and supporting these roles. This line of work can often be taxing for its young employees, and self-care is just as important to supervision as job performance. During the webinar, youth peer experts Caitlin Baird and Mary Beth Welch will talk about specific strategies supervisors can use to promote self-care with their youth peer staff, while ensuring accountability to their job duties. Hosted by the MHTTC, this webinar is open to anyone interested in providing the best possible support and supervision for employees in this important role.

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Call for Presenters: 2019 National RHY Grantees Training

Date/Location: November 12 – 14, 2019, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Grantees, practitioners, researchers and others devoted to improving the lives of runaway and homeless youth (RHY) are invited to submit proposals for 90-minute workshops at the National RHY Grantees Training. The National RHY Grantees Training highlights best practices, innovative ideas, and leaders in the field, to provide valuable training for effective and sustainable programs. Submission deadline is June 10, 2019.

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45th Annual National Association for Rural Mental Health Conference

Date/Location: August 26 – 29, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

The National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) Annual Conference is the premier interdisciplinary mental health event for rural families and peers, community members, clinicians, researchers, administrators and policy professionals.

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National Wraparound Implementation Academy

Date/Location: September 9 – 11, 2019, Baltimore, MD

The Academy is designed to provide participants involved in Wraparound – care coordinators, care supervisors, state and organizational leaders, parent peer support providers and more – the opportunity to build skills and gain tools and information to use in their states, tribes and organizations. This year the Academy will offer 12 options for full-day learning intensives held on the first day, focusing on a wide range of topics, including leading organizational change, integrating data to improve Wraparound practice and facilitating the Wraparound process through the trauma lens.

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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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