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Drawing on the expertise of a wide range of contributors-practitioners, educators, researchers, administrators, parents, and young people themselves--this book collects our best, most current knowledge on supporting transitions for young people with mental health issues. Through up-to-date research and in-depth analyses of five successful transition programs, readers will discover how to
- apply evidence-supported practices to guide youth and young adults through the transition obstacle course
- bridge the gap between child and adult mental health services for consistent, coordinated care
- ensure effective adult services that are developmentally and culturally appropriate
- address system fragmentation, so the mental health, education, justice, and other systems can work together to serve children's best interests
- implement strategies for the transition from high school to meaningful employment or postsecondary training
- use peer supports to reach, engage, and coach young people as they move into adulthood
- reduce common risk behaviors through skillful prevention planning
- fund and sustain services and supports through a creative combination of federal, state, local, and private dollars
- implement a Continuous Quality Improvement process to recognize needs, build on strengths, and make required changes
Vignettes and first-person testimonials throughout the book strengthen readers' awareness of the challenges young people experience and how effective transition services can make a difference. Detailed examinations of program, system, policy, and research needs will help professionals shape the future of mental health supports--and ensure the best possible adult lives for the young people they serve.