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Medical telematics, Young adults -- United States, Youth with social disabilities -- United States, Youth -- Services for -- United States, Social work with youth, COVID-19 (Disease)


The past few months have seen a boom in the use of telehealth for providing mental health services as agencies and providers rapidly adapt to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Along with this has come a proliferation of guidance documents and tip sheets on responsibly engaging clients in telehealth.

The tips that follow provide options for protecting the emotional safety, privacy and welfare of transition-age youth and young adults while they are participating in virtual mental health care. These were compiled over the course of several conversations with providers currently working with this population, including youth peer support specialists, clinicians, and supervisors. This list is intended as a starting point as services evolve to meet the challenges of this new era.


A product of the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Regional Research Institute, School of Social Work, Portland State University.

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