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Tip Sheets and Issue Briefs

Life Skills

  • Aug 19 2019 ""

    For Families or Caregivers: Self-Care is Putting on YOUR Oxygen Mask First

    This tip sheet was written by the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research's Family Advisory Board (FAB). The tip sheet is written for the parents and care-givers of young adults with serious mental health conditions. It provides explains why self-care is important and offers self-care tips and resources.

  • Oct 31 2018 ""

    What Were You Thinking? Brain Development in Young Adults

    By: Raphael Mizrahi

    During the transitions to adulthood, young adults with mental health conditions struggle more than their typically-developing counterparts. Studies have shown that adolescents and young adults with mental health conditions are delayed in all areas of psychosocial development except sexuality. This tip sheet offers ways to work with young adults with mental health conditions and make this transition process easier.

  • Oct 31 2018 ""

    Partnering with Families & Other Natural Supports on Individualized Service Plans (ISPs)

    By: Kathryn Sabella

    Positive familial support can be a good resource for young people during their transition years. However, family involvement and support during the transition years for young adults with mental health conditions can be complicated by changing family dynamics. This tip sheet describes what we know about partnering with families, offers best practices when working with young adults and their families and providers some resources to learn more.

  • Aug 24 2017 ""

    Saving Money for a Better Life: What Can the ABLE Act Do for Me?

    By: Raphael Mizrahi, Tania Duperoy, Deirdre G. Logan

    The "Achieving a Better Life Experience" Act, or ABLE Act, is a federal law that was passed in 2014. This landmark legislation offers people living with disabilities, including those with serious mental health conditions, a chance to pursue their hopes and dreams in a realistic way without as many financial obstacles.

  • Mar 01 2016 ""

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI), What Happens to Your SSI When You Turn 18?

    By: L. Long

    Answers the following questions about Social Security's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for a child who has turned 18: Can I keep my SSI? Can I work? Are there ways to earn money without reducing my SSI check? What if Social Security turns me down when I turn 18?

  • Jan 01 2016 ""

    How to Speak Up and Be Heard: Self Advocacy

    Self Advocacy is the ability to speak up for yourself and for the things that are important to you. This tip sheet offers advice and gives examples of how to self advocate at home, at school, at work and in the community.

  • Nov 01 2013 ""

    Telling Your Money What to Do: The Young Adults Guide

    Has it ever felt like your money, or the lack of it, is telling you what you can or can not do? If you take control of your money and spending, you can find ways to do more with what you have. This sheet provides tips on how this can be done.

  • Sep 01 2011 ""

    TTYL: Keeping in Contact With Your Professional

    Tip sheet for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions about simple ways of keeping in communication with professionals (doctors, counselors, psychiatrists, etc.) via cell phones, texting, and internet. Also includes tips for mental health professionals for keeping in contact with young adults.

  • Sep 01 2011 ""

    My Must Have Papers

    Tip sheet for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions with tips about keeping and protecting important personal records and information.