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(Subset of Youth-Oriented Services)

State Programs:
Florida uses the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability funded by the Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy to provide technical assistance to one-stops to increase capacity to serve youth with disabilities. (GAO Report)

Maryland uses the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) on employment to consult with experts on funding strategies and to implement the web based mental health and vocational rehab eligibility system.

Expert Recommendations:
GAO Report
Medicaid Infrastructure Grants (MIG) — These grants fund innovative employment programs including those for Youth in Transition. Minnesota uses the MIG to help fund YIT employment programs. Labor’s WIA Youth Activities Program (workforce training, education attainment, community involvement) is used for low-income youth between the ages of 14-21. Assessments are used to create individual service strategies.

Tunnels and Cliffs Report
Targeted job credits for hiring individuals with disabilities. There are several tax credits available to employers who hire individuals with disabilities including youth in transition. Among the tax credits are Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) as well as tax credits for small businesses.

Massachusetts Youth White Paper
Vocational Rehabilitation with Medicaid to obtain a 1915c Waiver which will extend targeted case management for young adults through age 21.

Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Job Corps: Contracts with private companies to operate job corps centers for 16-24 year-olds with skills deficiencies. This will provide an array of services and supports that enable an individual to complete their education and get a job.

National Experts Consensus Report
Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) grants to states to prepare for future education, employment and independent living. IDEA authorizes formal grants to states and discretionary grants to institutions of higher education and other not-for-profits agencies.

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Table of Contents

Overview of Literature Search
Best Practices

I)      Access and Linkages
A. Cross Systems Approach
B. Care Coordination
C. Family Links
D. Workforce

II)     Population
A. Eligibility
B. Diverse Populations Involved with Youth in Transition
C. Schools (Screenings and Assessments)

III)   Services
         A. Overarching Service Needs
B. Employment
C. Education Services
D. Self-Determination and Empowerment
E. Youth Mentors
F. Clinical Services
G. Individualized and Person Centered Planning
H. Cultural Competence
I. Adult Skills Training

IV)   Financing
A. Overarching Funding including Blended Models
B. Youth Oriented Services
C. Employment and Education
             (Subset of Youth-Oriented Services)
D. Clinical Services

V)     Housing
A. Various Housing Options for Youth in Transition
B. YIT Services Linked to Housing
C. Housing Model Funding

VI)   Transition to Independence Process System (TIP)
        (Emerging Best Practice)



Literature Search: End Notes

Advisory Group Members