Provides guidance for workforce development professionals and policymakers to provide better support to youth ages 14 to 25 who have significant mental health needs.

“Youth with mental health needs (MHN) often face unemployment, underemployment, and discrimination when they enter the workforce. Employment data show that individuals with serious mental illness have the lowest level of employment of any group of people with disabilities. As a result, large numbers of youth with both diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health needs who are transitioning into young adulthood, to the world of work, and to postsecondary education are likely to experience significant difficulties.

This guide provides practical information and resources for youth service professionals. In addition, it provides policymakers, from the program to the state level, with information to help them address system and policy obstacles in order to improve service delivery systems for youth with mental health needs.”

(Abstractor: Website Staff)

Full Publication Title: Tunnels and Cliffs: A Guide for Workforce Development Practitioners and Policymakers Serving Youth with Mental Health Needs

Major Findings & Recommendations

“ The review points out that all youth, particularly at-risk youth such as youth with mental health needs and other youth with disabilities, achieve better outcomes when they have access to • high quality standards-based education, whether they are in or out of school; • information about career options and exposure to the world of work, including structured internships; • opportunities to develop social, civic, and leadership skills; • strong connections to caring adults; • access to safe places to interact with their peers; and • support services and specific accommodations to allow them to become independent adults” (p.26). (Abstractor: Author)