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Literature across the board suggests the need for all services to be culturally competent. The same is true for services for YIT.

Expert Recommendations:
This information pertaining to cultural competence is from the National Mental Health Information Center.

The components include:

  • Be respectful of the importance, values, beliefs and personal styles of people that you serve;
  • Learn as much as you can about different cultures;
  • Include neighborhood and community outreach efforts;
  • Work within each persons’ family structure;
  • Adhere to traditions regarding age that may play a part in certain cultures; and
  • Create a reference list of culturally and linguistically relevant contacts and resources (through colleges, schools, faith-based organizations, community centers, etc.).
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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