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The Career Visions Project focused on the career planning and development of young adults between the ages of 20 and 25 years who experience serious mental health issues. The Self-Determination Career Development Model, developed by Dr. Michael Wehmeyer and colleagues, was adapted to address the unique issues of these young adults. Young adults who received the intervention learned and applied skills in order to define their own career goal, identify steps to achieve this goal, and take action to complete these steps.

Better Futures: The Better Futures Project discovered effective ways to help young people from the foster care system prepare, plan and enroll in college or vocational training. This intervention drew upon supported education in mental health and strategies for promoting self-determination. Youth participating in the intervention received individualized coaching, peer support, and connection to foster care alumni and community resources.

Achieve My Plan: The Achieve My Plan! (AMP) study tested a promising intervention that was developed by researchers at Portland State University, in collaboration with young people who have mental health conditions, service providers and caregivers. The study systematically evaluated the impact of the AMP intervention on youth participation and engagement in treatment planning, youth empowerment, and youth mental health and recovery outcomes.

Transition Policy Consortium: The Transition Policy Consortium included several strands of work focused on identifying effective strategies for increasing system capacity to meet the needs of young people with serious mental health conditions as they transition into adulthood. Particular emphasis was placed on understanding how state and federal policies encourage or inhibit this sort of system development.

Finding Our Way furthered the development of a culturally specific self-assessment tool for American Indian/Alaskan Native young people. Developed for youth ages 13-19, the tool was modified to include issues relevant to transition. Project products included training, supervision and coaching materials to improve provider practice.

eHealth Literacy: This study investigated how young adults with mental health conditions in particular use the internet to access information about their diagnosis, medications, and treatment options. It also developed and piloted a training designed to improve the eHealth literacy of transition-aged youth with serious mental health conditions.

Predictors of Positive Recovery Outcomes for Transition Aged Youth: This project's aim was to examine the relationship between school attendance, school performance, educational supports, youth empowerment in mental health treatment, school functioning and career strengths, and the outcomes of educational engagement and employment.

Stigmatization: Studies among adults have suggested several important mediators of stigmatization and prejudice toward people with severe mental health conditions. This study used a large national data set to test a series of hypotheses regarding potential mediators of the stigmatization encountered by youth who experience severe depression or ADHD.