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Other Research Projects

These projects are funded by The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and from the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services, ACL Grant# 90RT5031. NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

An examination of the transition to employment among serious adolescent offenders making the transition into emerging adulthood (Stage 1) (Priority (b))

PI: Edward Mulvey, PhD (U.Pitt)

Investigators: C.Shubert (U.Pitt), Maryann Davis, PhD, Charles Lidz, PhD (UMass)

This is a secondary data analysis project which capitalizes on an existing, comprehensive, longitudinal data set from the Pathways to Desistance study to provide information about the processes of educational attainment and employment among adolescents involve with the justice system. Youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions who are involved with the justice system face considerable challenges completing their education and maintaining employment during this critical developmental period. This study serves as a cost-effective use of existing data to will paint a rich picture of the changes that occur in the lives of over 1,300 felony level offenders from approximately age 16-23 as well as to address unexamined issues about how to promote positive outcomes in this sample of adolescents.

Collaborations in the Triangle: Vocational Rehabilitation, Adult, and Child Mental Health

PI: Marsha Ellison, PhD

Investigators: Nancy Koroloff, PhD (Portland State U), Susan Foley, PhD, Joe Marrone, L. Zhang (UMass Boston), Maryann Davis, PhD (UMass)

This research aims to identify potential factors that will improve inter-organizational collaborations among the triangle of service systems (vocational rehabilitation (VR), child mental health (CMH), and adult mental health (AMH), and their programs, in order to improve the transition to employment in youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions (SMHCs). This project will develop knowledge about factors that are associated with collaborations among the triangle of service systems, and the relationship between collaboration patterns and vocational service utilization and outcomes. The triangle system is key because VR and AMH fund employment services, while CMH identifies and works with youth and young adults during critical ages for developing work habits and skills (i.e. ages 16-21). We will conduct qualitative interviews with the localtriangle system leaders in communities that are funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s “Now is the Time-Healthy Transitions” (NITT-HT) grant program, this will be followed by network analyses of triangle programs for youth and young adults with SMHCs in NITT-HT communities through a web-based survey, and finally we will explore whether there is a relationship between community-level triangle collaborations and NITT-HT communities’ VR agency administrative service utilization and the ensuing youth and young adult outcomes.