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State Programs:
Kern City DMH
56 Unit Mixed Population Housing Development includes YIT in a clubhouse/community building with on site office, computer lab and community room.

New York
New York City. The Chelsea Foyer – Supported Transitional Housing 40 beds for 18-25 year olds in co-ed settings. Residents live in this housing for 24 months before transitioning to independent housing. All residents are required to hold at minimum a part time job. There is a program fee instead of rent deposited in a savings account and returned to resident after they leave the home

Stepping Stone Community Residence/SRO Extended Stay Transitional Housing for young adults with mental health issues. This is a 150-unit SRO for 20-30 young adults. Tenants are never evicted because of a time limit and the goal is to move young adults to more appropriate housing.

Oakland Coolidge Court—Permanent housing for Youth-in-Transition. There are 18 units of permanent supported housing. The goal is to eventually move the youth to more independent housing. This was the first HUD subsidized housings specifically for Youth-In-Transition with psychiatric disabilities. Services are voluntary and the expectation is that the YIT will work part time or be in school part time or both.

Los Angeles—The Portals Transition Age Youth (TAY) Programs. This project is for Axis I individuals and provides a six bed housing site as well as an outpatient program. The focus is on the strength based needs and development of youth to help in making informed decisions about housing models and services.

Stepping Stones in Bloomington, IN
This transitional housing model is for youth who are experiencing homelessness. It also provides support services for youth ages 16-20. This offers a furnished two bedroom apartments that are shared in a cluster setting with a staffed community room. This model has served 32 residents since 2005.

Qualified Connecticut residents in the Young Adult Services Program can live in county-based apartments with rent generated through entitlements and clinical support through the YAS staff.

Expert Recommendations:
Oregon White Paper
Continuum of Housing Options should be made available and housing must be matched to individualized needs.

Maine White Paper
Create a licensing category that would allow 15-26 year olds to be housed in the same residence.

New York State Children’s Health Plan
Examine the development of affordable and appropriate housing for youth transitioning into independence with a possible financial option. (NY NY III and Supportive Housing RFP’s)

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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

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