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Presented at the 21st Annual Research Conference

Predictors of Progress among Youth in the Partnerships for Youth Transition Demonstration

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Presenting: Mason Haber

All Authors for this paper: Mason Haber; Rusty Clark; Arun Karpur; Nicole Deschenes

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: The difficulties faced by youth and young adults with serious emotional disorders (SEDs) in the transition to adulthood are well documented. Few data exist, however, on how these individuals progress when enrolled in community-based programs to support their transitions and the types of characteristics that predict their progress. This paper presents data addressing these issues from the final evaluation of a multi-site demonstration of community-based support programs for transition-age youth and young adults.

Stars Transitional Age Youth Program: Youth Demographics, Utilization and Outcomes

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Presenting: Karyn Dresser

All Authors for this paper: Karyn Dresser; Katie Censky; Peter Zucker

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This presentation summarizes program evaluation data describing characteristics and outcomes of a comprehensive, community-based program to support successful transition to adulthood of older youth and young adults with SED. The program was developed based on the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) model and other best practices for transition support services. Youth enrolled in this program showed improvements in areas of critical importance including reductions in psychiatric hospitalizations. Next steps in program development will be described.

Evaluating Fidelity of Community Programs for Transition-Aged Youth

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Presenting: Nicole Deschenes

All Authors for this paper: Nicole Deschenes; Hewitt Clark; Joanne Herrygoers

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: The Transition Fidelity Assessment Protocol can be used to guide quality improvement of practice at transition programs. The protocol measures adherence to a comprehensive transition model. This paper describes the unique features of the fidelity protocol, application of it in a community-based program for transition-age youth, findings from its use and implications of this fidelity process for assisting sites with the implementation of a quality and effective transition model.

Community Programs for Transition-Age Youth: Process, Fidelity, and Outcome Findings

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Session Number: 29 Room: Salon G

Presenting: Hewitt Clark; Nancy Koroloff

All Authors for this paper: Hewitt Clark; Nancy Koroloff

Presentation Type: brief symposium

Synopsis: Youth and young adults who have been diagnosed with serious emotional disturbance (SED) face enormous risks and challenges as they struggle to become adults. Challenges also exist in providing services and supports to this population. For example, differences in eligibility rules and the lack of enough developmentally-appropriate services often pose obstacles to providing assistance to young people with SED. However, emerging models to address the specific problems, developmental needs, and service barriers to success of this population have yielded some promising data suggesting some specific possibilities for addressing these issues This symposium has been designed to contribute to the knowledge regarding program and system level strategies for assisting youth and young adults with SED in their transition to adulthood. The first presentation describes some of the evaluation results from a multi-site demonstration of services to support transition, showing the types of indicators that may improve during enrollment in these programs, the time course associated with their improvement, and individual characteristics that predict whether of not such improvement is shown. The second presentation will provide a description and evaluation results of a program designed and implemented based on the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) model indicating possible effectiveness of the program in addressing problems of transition-age young adults with especially severe difficulties related to their mental health conditions. The final presentation will describe a fidelity assessment protocol to assist transition program in the implementation of the evidence-informed practices described by the TIP model.


Session Time: 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM