Transitions to Adulthood Archives - NWI

Research Review: Coordinated Adolescent- and Family-Centered Services

June 19, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health has published a research review on coordinated adolescent and family-centered services, one of the “Five Essentials” identified by its Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG) effort. The review highlights research, evaluation reports, and other publications that inform the field about key issues in, and effective practices for, fostering improved health, reducing risky behavior, and improving engagement and healthy development in young people.

Read the TAG research review»

Research To Practice: Building Supportive and Inclusive Programming for American Muslim Youth

February 15, 2017 | Emily Taylor

This recent post from, includes an interview with Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D., Director of The Family & Youth Institute and a leading researcher on American Muslim youth, about creating supportive and inclusive programs that meet the needs of Muslim youth and families. The post includes links to many related resources.

Read about creating supportive programs for Muslim youth»

The Next Big Thing: Preventative Interventions

September 22, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A recent article, “The Next Big Thing in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry:
Interventions to Prevent and Intervene Early in Psychiatric Illnesses,” published in Psychiatric Clinics covers a range of preventative interventions designed.

Read the full article about preventative interventions»

FosterClub AllStars on National Child Welfare Policy

September 14, 2016 | Emily Taylor

In this column, David Samuel Hall of FosterClub All-Stars, a group of foster youth advocates, shares his perspective on the need for legislation to improve the child welfare system. A former foster youth, he shares that he believes mental health services and Wraparound services “would have completely changed” his story.

Read David Samuel Hall’s perspective on needed child welfare improvements»

Foster Care Transition Toolkit Available

June 2, 2016 | Emily Taylor

The U.S. Department of Education has created a new toolkit with tips and resources to help foster youth access and navigate social, emotional, educational and skills barriers as they transition into adulthood.

Download the toolkit here >>.

8 Things All Kids In Foster Care Want People To Know

May 23, 2016 | Emily Taylor

Author shares what she learned working with young people in foster care.

Read more here >>.

Bullying and Substance Use Among Gay and Bisexual Youth

February 18, 2016 | Halley Doherty-Gary

New research shows that gay and bisexual youth score lower on key indicators of youth development – increasing the chance they will participate in health risk behaviors like cigarette smoking and alcohol use. Bullying was identified as a factor that hindered access to building blocks of health and well-being.

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Developing Trauma Informed Juvenile Justice Diversion Programs

February 18, 2016 | Halley Doherty-Gary

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice recently produced “Strengthening Our Future: Key Elements to Developing a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Diversion Program for Youth with Behavioral Health Conditions.” This report presents the current understanding of child trauma within juvenile justice and identifies 9 key considerations in achieving a trauma informed diversion program.

Read the report >>

Why are so many children on antipsychotic drugs?

January 12, 2016 | Halley Doherty-Gary

Philadelphia magazine has printed an article discussing the alarming rate of antipsychotic medications prescribed across the country to children with no symptoms of psychosis. The article dives in to the number of children who are being prescribed antipsychotic medications for common issues such as ADHD and how antipsychotic prescriptions for children and youths have grown at a greater rate than those for all other psych drugs, including stimulants. The article goes on to discuss how child advocates and state legislators are taking a needed closer look at this issue and addressing the stark reality of findings behind the reasons.

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Report: Increase in youth drug overdose deaths in 35 states

December 7, 2015 | Halley Doherty-Gary

In the past decade, youth drug overdose deaths increased dramatically in 35 states. This report ranks states on their actions to curb teen substance use among people ages 12–25 in the United States between 1999 and 2013. It also includes a link to a full report on the most effective strategies for preventing teen substance misuse.

Read the reports >>

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