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

December 19, 2019

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Special Focal Point Compilation Issue: Youth and Young Adult Voice

Each issue of Focal Point, the annual research review for the Pathways RTC, has explored a topic related to youth and young adults' mental health and the transition to adulthood. As the perspectives of young people and their families have always guided our work, Focal Point has also included youth and family voice. To highlight the significant contributions of youth and young adults to the publication over the years, we created this special compilation issue with a selection of articles that originally appeared between 2007 and 2019. We hope you'll enjoy it!

Download the youth voice compilation issue »

New Pathways Comics

The latest installment of the Pathways comics, titled "Dropping In," is now online. Pathways comics are created by and for young adults and the people who care about them.

Read the new comics »

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Have You Responded to Our Survey Yet?

Please join our effort to document the support (financial, emotional and other) that young adults with behavioral health needs receive from families and other allies between the ages of 16–25. By participating, you will help inform youth- and family-run organizations, policy makers and service planners about the needs and preferences of both young people and their families.

Please consider responding to the anonymous online survey if you are in either of these groups:

  • family members/other allies who provided support to young adults with mental health challenges during their transition years; and
  • young adults currently 18 years old and older who experienced mental health challenges during their transition years.

Pathways RTC and the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) are collaborating on this project. Please share with your networks!

Take the Family/Ally survey »

Take the Young Adult survey »

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

This report published by Pathways in 2018 addresses the challenges faced by transition-age youth and young adults with mental health challenges as they try to find and maintain stable housing. Intended to inform program designers, policy-makers, and others who are planning housing supports, this extensive resource includes the perspectives of youth and young adults, describes existing program options, and offers recommendations for additional research and system-level policy change to address this important issue.

Access the report »

Stuff We Like

From the TA Network: Telebehavioral Health: Tech to Connect with Youth & Families

This recent TA Tidbit highlights recent research indicating benefits of telehealth treatment for adolescents and the increasing recognition of this service delivery model by states. It also details specific programs around the country and provides links to additional resources

Access the TA Tidbit »

SOAR Online Training

SOAR Online is a new series of CE/CME training modules designed for health care providers, social workers, behavioral health professionals, school counselors, etc. on how to identify, treat, and respond appropriately to individuals who are at risk or who have been trafficked.

Access training modules »



Webinar: Looking Beyond Graduation: Experiences of Students in a Campus-Based Support Program

Date/Time: January 21, 2020, 12pm – 1pm PT, 3pm – 4pm ET

Part of the National Research Collaborative for Foster Alumni and Higher Education (NRC-FAHE)'s webinar series, this webinar will focus on Florida State's Unconquered Scholars Program and a study of students after graduation. Presenters Lisa Schelbe and Lisa Jackson of Florida State will also discuss the implications of the findings for preparing students with a history of foster care and experiencing homelessness for life after graduation.

Register for the webinar »

Webinar: Moving Up the Ladder: Authentic Youth Engagement for Policy and Systems Change

Date/Time: January 28, 2020, 11am – 12:30pm PT, 2pm – 3:30pm ET

This TA Network webinar, originally scheduled for November, will ask participants to consider how systems addressing mental health and substance use can move up the engagement ladder from consultation with youth to true partnership, shared decision-making, and youth-led policy improvement. Presenters will share examples of youth engagement at different points on this continuum and push system leaders to move their organizations up the engagement ladder to achieve lasting system transformation.

Register for the webinar »

33rd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health

Date/Location: March 15 – 18, 2020, Tampa, FL

Now in its 33rd year, the "Tampa Conference" encourages researchers, evaluators, and policymakers to become engaged in developing creative solutions for the issues facing the country's most challenged children and their families.

Register for the conference »

Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) 2020 Conference

Date/Time: June 24 – 27, 2020, New York, NY

The WFRN is accepting submissions for its 5th biennial conference. The conference theme is "Advancing Equality at Work and Home: Strengthening Science and Collaboration."

Learn more about the conference »

2020 Training Institutes

Date/Location: June 29 – 30, 2020 (Pre-Institutes) / July 1 – 3, 2020 (Training Institutes), Orlando, FL

The 2020 Training Institutes, #WhatCouldBe: Bolder Systems & Brighter Futures for Children, Youth, Young Adults & their Families, challenge us to build on existing delivery systems for children's services with new ideas and approaches.

Register for the conference »

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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