Support Services for Youth in Transition: Mental Health
Resources address the mental health needs of transitioning youth and developing services to support them, including State and local examples.
Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care (PDF - 9,933 KB)
Children's Bureau et al. (2012)
Provides information and worksheets to assist youth in recognizing when they need help, weighing options for medication use, asking questions about their diagnosis and treatment, and taking medication safely. This guide can be used directly by youth or serve as a discussion tool for child welfare workers, health care providers, mentors, and others working with youth in foster care.
Connecting Youth and Adult Mental Health Services to Reduce Homelessness Among Emancipated Youth (PDF - 202 KB)
Honoring Emancipated Youth at United Way of the Bay Area (2009)
Explores the issues faced by youth with mental health needs as they emancipate.
Starting Points for Communities Developing New Transition Programs for Young People With Mental Health Difficulties (PDF - 702 KB)
Jivanjee, Koroloff, & Davis (2008)
Presents a synthesis of lessons learned regarding how to develop comprehensive services for transition-age young people with mental health difficulties. The report is based on literature, research with young people and families, and evaluations of several transition programs.
Transitioning to Adulthood for Young Adults With Mental Health Issues (PDF - 167 KB)
Gralinski-Bakker, Hauser, Billings, Allen, Lyons, & Melton (2005)
Highlights key points from two chapters in On Your Own Without a Net: The Transition to Adulthood for Vulnerable Populations addressing the experiences of young adults with mental disorders who are transitioning to adulthood, including information on treatment options, outcomes, and resilience in youth.
Transitioning Youth With Mental Health Needs to Meaningful Employment and Independent Living (PDF - 1505 KB)
Woolsey & Katz-Leavy (2008)
Discusses the findings of a federally funded study that investigated successful strategies for assisting youth with mental health needs as they transition to postsecondary education, employment, and independent lives. The report includes case studies of five promising program sites and identifies successful program design features.
Youth Empowerment and Participation in Mental Health Care (PDF-5099 KB)
Portland State University, Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health
Focal Point, 23(2), 2009
Highlights a number of successful and innovative efforts to promote youth voice and youth empowerment.
State and local examples
Transition Age Youth in Oregon: Considerations for a Statewide Model of Care (PDF - 119 KB)
Discusses the multiple system barriers at the Federal, State, and community levels that contribute to the problems faced by transition-age youth in Oregon, and presents a statewide model of care for ensuring transition-age youth receive the mental health services they need.