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An essential part of the process for identifying who may potentially be a candidate for comprehensive services is recent work on screening and assessment process for younger children as well as middle school and high school students.

Early identification for youth with psychiatric disabilities becomes an essential part of any transition planning. For younger children and youth, the NYS Office of Mental Health’s Child and Family Clinic Plus Program has been a very important tool. Another model has been the Teen Screen Program serving older youth in high school and middle school ready to transition to adult care.

Existing Programs:
Nationwide (43 States)
Teen Screen Nationwide — The Teen Screen Program is run out of Columbia University. It creates a brief screening tool for youth that can be administered in schools, foster care settings, after school programs and juvenile justice facilities. Once a child is screened, they can be assessed for further service needs. (Teen Screen Annual Report – 2006-07)

Expert Recommendations:
GAO Report
Programs should have screens for mental health.

Maine White Paper
Transportation, transition and other barriers should be addressed consistently in each youth’s plan. Involve the school with a plan for re-entry when a student has been out due to mental health issues.

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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