The contents of this product were developed under a grant with funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and from the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services (NIDILRR grant number 90RT5030). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Support was also received from support from the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health operated by and coordinated through the University of Maryland, and under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Contract # HHSS2802015000007C.
Children and Youth Services Review
Community-based social services -- United States -- -- Evaluation, Youth -- Mental health -- Decision making, Mental health policy -- Patient participation
There is a range of stakeholder benefits when youth- and young adult-serving agencies include service recipient “voice” in advising and decision making regarding agency policies and programming. Yet many agency stakeholders lack awareness of strategic best practices to ensure the consistent and meaningful participation of young people in decision-making processes, and few tools exist to evaluate agency efforts. This paper describes the development and validation of the Youth/Young Adult Voice at the Agency Level (Y-VAL), an assessment of the extent to which agencies have implemented best practices for supporting meaningful participation. The Y-VAL is intended for research purposes, as well as to provide agencies with direct guidance about strengths and challenges regarding their efforts to promote youth/young adult voice.
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Walker, J. S., Masselli, B. M., Blakeslee, J., Baird, C., & Thorp, K. (2018). Development and testing of an assessment of youth/young adult voice in agency-level advising and decision making. Children and Youth Services Review, 94, 598-605.