Thresholds

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Youth & Young Adult Research, Program Evaluation & Publications

Thresholds integrates the latest available empirical research and clinical best-practice in order to design effective services and programs for at-risk young adults facing multiple challenges during their transition to adulthood. Thresholds engages in rigorous program evaluation and quality improvement efforts to ensure that service and program design meet the unique needs of transition-age youth with serious mental health challenges. Thresholds partners with transition-age youth mental health experts including: Dr. Hewitt B. “Rusty” Clark (the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model creator); the Transitions RTC at The University of Massachusetts, and the Pathways RTC at Portland State University to conduct research and generate knowledge to inform transition-age youth practice and policy across the United States.

Specifically with the Transitions RTC, Thresholds systemically adapted and studied the Individual Placement and Support Model of Supported Employment (an evidenced-based practice for adults with serious mental illness) for young adults in residential care by adding supported education and peer mentoring. This project resulted in two academic journal articles (Ellison et al., 2015 & Klodnick et al., 2015), a Tip sheet, a webinar (Ellison, Bond, & Klodnick, 2015), and multiple national conference presentations. More recently, Thresholds began a partnership with The University of Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health  as part of a 2-year SAMHSA System of Care Transformation Project to improve transition-age youth mental health services across the state of Texas (see kickoff webinar here!).

Knowledge translation is a core value of our youth and young adult research & program evaluation efforts. Thresholds shares their findings at local and national conferences, as well as, through white papers, academic journal articles, and presentations. Thresholds innovative residential and transitional living programs have been featured in two recent book chapters, Transition of Youth and Young Adults with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties and Residential Interventions for Children, Adolescents, and Families.

Thresholds also provides consultation and technical assistance to mental health systems and providers across the country. Thresholds leadership leverages research and program evaluation findings while serving as members or advisors with a multitude of state-based agencies and associations.

Thresholds Senior Researcher Dr. Vanessa Klodnick was recently awarded the Mary E. Switzer Fellowship through the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research  to study the engagement practices of Emerge in order to develop a multidimensional definition of “engagement” and a tool that providers can use to easily assess the level of “engagement” of transition-age youth in their service models.

You can also view a full list of Thresholds Publications Symposia and Consultations.