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Social work with youth, Youth -- Mental health services -- Evaluation, Young adults -- Mental health services


Systems of care are increasingly serving older youth and young adults up to age 24, and in our research and training work with providers, we hear about the challenges of engaging young people in typical services. Many providers are responding to the unique developmental needs of this population by adapting the design and delivery of their services to better engage and retain young people in system of care supports. Overall, strategies include expansion of drop-in center programming, adaptations to practice models like Wraparound, and new outreach efforts using social media and other technologies. Our purpose here is to share some of these emerging engagement strategies more broadly so that other providers and other stakeholders can benefit from these recent successes and lessons learned.

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