RHY Resources

 

Training Youth Support Workers

Based on a national survey of 254 transition service providers conducted by Youth MOVE National, researchers at Pathways RTC analyzed the training needs of youth workers who provide mental health support services to youth. Differences were found between the needs of peer support workers and non-peer support staff—for example, peer workers asked for more in-person and on-the-job training, while other staff asked for more training on youth culture and technology. Both groups identified trauma-informed care as a high priority for training; the expense of training and a heavy work load were the two most commonly cited barriers to participation.

Access the study at https://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/pdf/projPTTP-JBHSR-Training-Needs-Transition-Service-Providers.pdf

 

Staff Development Resources from HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Alcohol and Substance-Exposed Pregnancy Prevention (AStEPP) initiative

The Healthy Start Technical Assistance Center designed AStEPP materials to help community health workers in Healthy Start and home visitors learn more about prevention and early identification of fetal exposure to alcohol or other drugs. These materials can be used by staff in other women-focused social or health service organizations too.

Materials include:

Staff development resources for groups, including six Staff Meeting Training Packages, and a discussion guide on opioid use in pregnant women

 

Brochures for Women, Partners, Families: Depression and Anxiety During and After Pregnancy

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) developed two new companion tri-fold brochures, to alert women and their families and friends, to the symptoms and seriousness of depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy, and how to get help/treatment.

These resources may be accessed below:

Depression & Anxiety During and After Pregnancy Brochure for Moms – Online Version

Depression & Anxiety During and After Pregnancy Brochure for Moms – Print Version

Depression & Anxiety During and After Pregnancy Brochure for Fathers, Partners, Families & Friends – Online Version

Depression & Anxiety During and After Pregnancy Brochure for Fathers, Partners, Families & Friends – Print Version

HRSA published a more informative resource booklet on Depression During & After Pregnancy in English and Spanish which may be accessed  here under Related Resources. 

 

Missed Opportunities: Evidence on Interventions for Addressing Youth Homelessness

To effectively address youth homelessness, policy makers and human service providers need research-based evidence to guide their decisions. New report by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Missed Opportunities: Evidence on Interventions for Addressing Youth Homelessness, summarizes what experts learned from a rigorous synthesis of research evidence on youth homelessness programs and practices. This report looks at what interventions prevent youth homelessness, what programs reduce duration and effects of homelessness, and what efforts promote sustainable improvements in youth well-being. Some findings show hopeful signs and potential among key programs, but we still lack the insight needed to determine how to use resources most efficiently. By increasing investment in well-designed evaluations, we can identify and implement solutions that will bring youth homelessness to an end more quickly. 

This resource is eighth in a series of research briefs on understanding and addressing youth homelessness. Missed Opportunities: Evidence on Interventions for Addressing Youth Homelessness may be accessed at https://www.chapinhall.org/research/voices-evidence-review.

Prior briefs and resources may be found at https://voicesofyouthcount.org and https://www.chapinhall.org/project/voices-of-youth-count.

 

Podcast Addresses Youth Justice

Voices of Youth Justice, a podcast series by the Campaign for Youth Justice, features stories of young people who have been charged as adults or spent time in adult facilities. Past episodes describe youth’s and families’ experiences of being transferred into adult systems while under 18, navigating systems as immigrant youth, and racial disparities in the juvenile justice system.

Listen to podcasts at http://cfyj.org/news/podcast

 
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