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Tip Booklet: Getting the Most Out of Vocational Rehabilitation PDF

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Journal Article: The Meaning of Respect in Romantic Relationships Among Low-Income African American Adolescents Abstract

Research Review: Focal Point 2014: Co-Occurring Disorders PDF

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"Getting the Most out of VR" cover shot Getting the Most Out of Vocational Rehabilitation

This publication explains the types of services vocational rehabilitation provides and the process of applying for services, and offers tips and a case study that illustrate how to obtain successful outcomes from VR. (08/2014)

"What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?" cover shot What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

This publication offers young adults guidance on career research, including preliminary exploration, getting and conducting informational interviews, and using internet resources for further inquiry. (05/2014)

"Focal Point: Co-Occurring Disorders" cover shot Focal Point (2014): Co-Occurring Disorders

Between one-third and one-half of young adults with mental health challenges have co-occurring substance use issues. This issue of Focal Point examines treatments and supports for this population. (04/2014)

"Implementing the Peer Support Specialist Role: State Program" cover shot Implementing the Peer Support Specialist Role: Peer Support in a Youth-led Drop-in Center

This brief provides an example of how one chapter of Youth MOVE National has implemented and supported the Peer Support Specialist role for emerging adults with serious mental health conditions. (01/2014)

"Implementing the Peer Support Specialist Role: Local Program" cover shot Implementing the Peer Support Specialist Role: Providing Direct, Individualized Support in a Local Program

This brief provides an example of how one locally-initiated program has implemented and supported the Peer Support Specialist role for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions. (12/2013)

"Implementing the Peer Support Specialist Role: State Program" cover shot Implementing the Peer Support Specialist Role: Youth Peer Support in Wraparound

This brief provides an example of how one state has implemented and supported the Peer Support Specialist role for emerging adults with serious mental health conditions. (11/2013)

"A Guide for Conducting Photovoice with Youth" cover shot "I Bloomed Here": A Guide for Conducting Photovoice with Youth Receiving Culturally- and Community-based Services

This guide offers practical suggestions for using the Photovoice process to get young people engaged in their communities. (11/2013)

"Tips for Your Team Meetings: A Guide for Youth" cover shot Tips for Your Team Meetings: A Guide for Youth

This tip sheet offers suggestions and strategies to help young people become more involved in their team planning meetings. (11/2013)

"During Meetings I Can't Stand it When..." cover shot "During Meetings I Can't Stand it When..." A Guide for Facilitators and Team Members

This tip sheet helps meeting facilitators and team members address common issues that occur during team meetings in order to promote meaningful youth participation. (11/2013)

"Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth: The Next Transition" cover shot Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth: The Next Transition

This guide leads youth through their own growth in advocacy efforts, from owning their own stories to becoming a supportive young adult for other peers. (10/2013)

"State-of-the-Science Conference Proceedings" cover shot State-of-the-Science Conference Proceedings

This proceedings monograph summarizes the events of the 2013 State-of-the-Science conference, which began with a review of the Pathways to Positive Futures model. (09/2013)

"Peer Support FAQ" cover shot FAQ: Defining, Supporting, and Sustaining the Peer Support Specialist Role

This FAQ summarizes what agencies are learning about defining, supporting, and sustaining the Peer Support Specialist role. (07/2013)

"Focal Point 2013" cover shot Focal Point (2013): Education & Employment

This special issue of Focal Point focuses on best practices for helping youth and young adults with mental health challenges reach their educational and employment goals. (05/2013)

"Youth Mental Health Bill of Rights" cover shot Youth Mental Health Bill of Rights

This new one-pager lists the Youth Mental Health Bill of Rights as first outlined on the back page of the 2009 Youth Summit Report. (02/2013)

"Things People Never Told Me" cover shot Things People Never Told Me

This compilation of suggestions about finances, health care, employment, and relationships from foster youth transitioning to adulthood is aimed at equipping other youth leaving foster care with the necessary tools to become independent and successful adults. (10/2012)

"Strengthening Family Support" cover shot Strengthening Family Support for Young People with Mental Health Needs in the Transition to Adulthood: A Tip Sheet for Service Providers

This document instructs service providers in strategies for engaging families in supporting young people with the transition to adulthood. (09/2012)

"Core Competencies for Service Providers" cover shot Tips on Core Competencies for Transition Service Providers

This document describes ten competencies that transition service providers working with young people with mental health difficulties should develop in order to be effective. (09/2012)

"Strategic Sharing Workbook" cover shot Strategic Sharing Workbook: Youth Voice in Advocacy

This workbook, produced by the FFCMH and Pathways RTC, is for individuals who have experienced traumatic life events and are interested in sharing their stories in an effort to promote change. (07/2012)

"Disclosure Fact Sheet" cover shot If, When, and How to Disclose to an Employer That You Have a Mental Health Disability

This fact sheet helps young people with mental health conditions determine the best strategies for whether and how to disclose their conditions to an employer. (08/2012)

"Student Loans FAQ" cover shot FAQ: Student Loans, For-Profit Colleges, and Traditional Colleges: Some Things You Should Know Before Borrowing

This FAQ is designed to help prospective college students become better informed about student loans, particularly those used to finance education at for-profit institutions. (06/2012)

"Focal Point 2012" cover shot Focal Point (2012): Healthy Body – Healthy Mind

This issue of Focal Point focuses on the recognition that mental health and physical health should not be considered separately. It addresses how the mind and body impact each other, and how we can strive to achieve balance within ourselves. (05/2012)

"Sexual Health Disparities Among Disenfranchised Youth" cover shot Sexual Health Disparities Among Disenfranchised Youth

This series of research briefs addresses
sexual health disparities among seven subpopulations of youth, including: youth in corrections, youth with developmental disabilities, youth in foster care, homeless youth, LGBTQ youth, and more. (11/2011)

"FAQ: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Services for Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions" cover shot FAQ: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Services and Supports for Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions

This FAQ was written to help advocates and concerned citizens ensure that the needs and priorities of young adults are addressed when portions of the Affordable Care Act that affect them are implemented. (07/2011)

"Community Based Approaches for Supporting Positive Development in Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions" cover shot Community Based Approaches for Supporting Positive Development in Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions

This white paper describes recent theory and research on positive development, including descriptions of empirically supported programs that support young adults with serious mental health conditions. (09/2011)

"Focal Point, Summer 2011" cover shot Focal Point (2011): Healthy Relationships

This issue of Focal Point is about how healthy relationships affect young adults with mental health conditions. While most of the articles focus on the positive aspects of relationships, others highlight more negative experiences and their impacts. (05/2011)

"Enhancing Career Development" cover shot Enhancing Career Development Engagement
and Self - Determination for Young Adults with Mental Health Diagnoses

This report provides a literature review on self-determin-ation and career development engagement for young adults with mental health diagnoses. (11/2010)

"Focal Point, Summer 2010" cover shot Focal Point (2010): Transitions
to Adulthood

This inaugural issue of Focal Point: Youth, Young Adults, and Mental Health addresses transitions to adulthood from the perspectives of researchers, youth, family, and professionals. (06/2010)

"Youth Voice in Policy" cover shotYouth Voice in Policy: A Guide to Shaping History

This guide, produced by the FFCMH and Pathways RTC, provides youth and young adults with the basic skills they need to advocate for issues they feel are important. (11/2010)

"Literature Support for Outcomes" cover shot Paving the Way: Meeting Transition Needs of Young People with Developmental Disabilities and Serious Mental Health Conditions

This report provides summaries of innovative programs and best practices for young people with both developmental disabilities and serious mental health conditions. (06/2010)

"Literature Support for Outcomes" cover shot Literature Support for Outcomes in Evaluating Culturally- and Community- Based Programs

This literature review identifies the relationships between community-identified variables relating to well-being for American Indian/Alaska Native youth and more mainstream outcomes. (03/2010)

"Facts About Online Information Seeking" cover shot Facts About Young Adults, Mental Health, and Online Information Seeking

This fact sheet series addresses how and why young adults search for mental health information on the internet, and how to assess the reliability of the information available online. (05/2010)

"Youth Summit Report" cover shot The 2009 National Youth Summit Report

This final report outlines both how to plan and hold a summit with meaningful youth participation, and also includes the results of such a summit held in June 2009. (11/2009)

"Facts About Online Information Seeking" cover shot Under Construction: Linkages Between Youth and Adult Systems After Expanding Transitions Services

This report analyzes changes in interrelationships of agencies in a Center for Mental Health Services Partnerships for Youth Transitions grant site. (09/2009)

"Facts About Online Information Seeking" cover shot Starting Points for Communities Developing New Transition Programs for Young People with Mental Health Difficulties

This report presents a synthesis of lessons learned and advice gained from transition program evaluations by young people, families, and transition service providers. (04/2008)

"Best Practices" cover shot Best Practices for
Increasing Meaningful
Youth Participation in Collaborative Team Planning

This brief offers tips to increase meaningful youth participation in collaborative team planning meetings. (10/2007)