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Young adults with mental disabilities -- Services for, Community-based social services -- United States


The authors of this commentary are part of the leadership team for FREDLA (Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association). FREDLA serves as the national representative and advocate for family-run organizations and their executive directors, and supports effective stewardship of family-run organizations focused on the well-being of children and youth with mental health, emotional or behavioral challenges and their families. Their perspective on priorities for future research reflects not only their appreciation of formal research literature, but also what they have learned through their work with family-run organizations and through connecting with family members and other caregivers around the country.


This paper is part of the 2018 State-of-the-Science Series from the Research & Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures and is produced by the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University.

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