RHY Resources

RHY Employment Interventions Supports by Integrated Clinical Services

A recent study of 72 young people ages 16-24 experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles, CA compared outcomes from an employment program using a social enterprise approach to one with a more traditional ‘placement and support’ approach. In both, young people employed at baseline were eight times more likely than their peers to be employed at the 20-month follow up, highlighting the importance of getting RHY into the workforce. Researchers also noted that engagement rates for employment programming were significantly higher than those for medical, mental health or substance abuse services, suggesting employment programs have elements that youth prefer. Click here to read the study.

 

Internet-based Mental Health Screenings Can Reach Large Numbers of Youth

A new study published in Academic Pediatrics that examined results from nearly 30,000 internet-based responses to the Pediatric Symptom Checklist Youth Form suggests that large numbers of youth seek mental health information online, and that free, brief online screenings can effectively identify youth at high risk for behavioral health problems. Of the 77% of young people who scored positively for risk via self-screening, two-thirds reported an intention to seek help, including 10% interested in professional treatment. Click here to read the study and learn how online validated screenings may increase treatment access for large numbers of young people needing mental health support.

 

Study Suggests Need to Act Fast to Prevent Suicide among Youth Who self-Harm

The first weeks following an attempt at self-harm were shown to be a critical time of enhanced suicidal risk for young people in a recent study by Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Using data on 32,395 youth ages 12-24, researchers concluded that 17% of youth who self-harm will have repeated episodes within the first year; adolescents were 46 times more likely to die of suicide within 12 months of a nonfatal self-harm attempt than controls. Addressing young people’s mental health and safety immediately after self-harm episodes should be a priority, particularly for male and Native American youth who harm themselves. Click here to read the full study.

 

School, Work, and Waiting: The Activities of PACE Control Group Participants

This brief, published by HHS/ACF, summarizes findings from in-depth interviews with 39 members of the control group in the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) study. PACE is a rigorous evaluation of nine career pathways programs. PACE used an experimental design in which eligible applicants were randomly assigned to a treatment group that could access the program under study or a control group that could not. To read the full brief click here.

 

Progress on Pathways: Findings from Qualitative Interviews with Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) Participants

This brief, published by HHS/ACF, summarizes findings from interviews conducted with participants in PACE, a rigorous evaluation of nine career pathways programs. Program applicants were randomly assigned to a treatment group that could access the career pathways program or a control group that could not. This brief describes the experiences of interviewees in the treatment group, two years after entering the study. Respondents reflect on the progress they've made on their chosen career pathways. To read the brief click here.

 
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