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YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT SERVICES

Youth & Young Adult Research

Thresholds integrates the latest 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 a diverse group of transition-age youth with serious mental health challenges in Illinois.


YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT EVALUATION RESEARCH & QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

Thresholds YAYAS has its own dedicated interdisciplinary Evaluation, Research & Quality Improvement (ERQ) Team that systematically collects, analyzes and summarizes data for clinical decision-making on a programmatic, practice, and individual client level. ERQ is led by a PhD-level researcher and uses implementation science principles and the Plan-Do-Study-Act Quality Improvement Process to improve YAYAS systems and practice effectiveness, value, and efficiency. ERQ conducts literature reviews and consults with experts if necessary to understand where the state of the science is in regards to an area identified for improvement. ERQ also develops a wide range of tools to support staff use of data in real time to improve program processes and young person outcomes.

The ERQ team is composed of Quality Improvement Specialists, Evaluation Specialists, the YAYAS Advisory Board Coordinator, Young Adults with lived experience who learn skills and support projects in a variety of ways, and interns from multiple fields. Together, we support innovation within YAYAS and aim to translate our knowledge in Illinois and across the country. We also partner with a number of universities and providers in our knowledge translation effort – see Provider Training & Consulting to learn more about our collaborations.

PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS, WHITE PAPERS AND PRACTICE TOOLS

Thresholds YAYAS produces helpful information for the field, including academic journal articles, conference workshops, white papers, and a variety of practice tools (e.g., practice guidebooks and activities). See our publication & presentation list here and links to our most popular materials below:

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.