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The activities of adult skills training are an essential component necessary for an individual to live independently in the community. These skills include shopping, budgeting, taking medications, preparing meals and shopping for groceries.

State Programs:
The Transitional Outreach Program provides life skill training to YIT (NCSL Report). Individuals are assigned Independent Living Specialists to provide additional support for the youth.

Expert Recommendations:
Tunnels and Cliffs Report
The study strongly recommends that skill building and social skills be part of transition services, recognizing that it is not often a service that is available to youth in the mental health system.

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Table of Contents

Overview of Literature Search
Best Practices

I)      Access and Linkages
A. Cross Systems Approach
B. Care Coordination
C. Family Links
D. Workforce

II)     Population
A. Eligibility
B. Diverse Populations Involved with Youth in Transition
C. Schools (Screenings and Assessments)

III)   Services
         A. Overarching Service Needs
B. Employment
C. Education Services
D. Self-Determination and Empowerment
E. Youth Mentors
F. Clinical Services
G. Individualized and Person Centered Planning
H. Cultural Competence
I. Adult Skills Training

IV)   Financing
A. Overarching Funding including Blended Models
B. Youth Oriented Services
C. Employment and Education
             (Subset of Youth-Oriented Services)
D. Clinical Services

V)     Housing
A. Various Housing Options for Youth in Transition
B. YIT Services Linked to Housing
C. Housing Model Funding

VI)   Transition to Independence Process System (TIP)
        (Emerging Best Practice)



Literature Search: End Notes

Advisory Group Members