Young adults who are transitioning to adult services, including those in the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)-funded Young Adult Services (YAS) program, face tremendous challenges as they become more independent. They are more likely to experience unemployment, unplanned pregnancies, substance abuse, and involvement with the criminal justice system. They have more difficulty accessing primary care and mental health services, and they often discontinue treatment. They are at high risk for becoming homeless. There are resources for developing crisis services and temporary shelters that could provide short-term help, but there isn’t much information about long-term solutions that could permanently reduce these risks.
Marrakech, Inc. wants to change that. In response to our strategic planning process in the Fall of 2013, we have established a YAS Aftercare Committee, a coalition of local service providers that is leading the effort to develop opportunities for young adults with mental illness in the Greater New Haven area. Our first step? Hearing from you.
With support from Fordham University, we’re conducting a needs and asset assessment with current and past YAS consumers and YAS providers. We want to give young adults a voice in developing programs and services that recognize their independence, build supports, and meet their needs. We also want to let providers offer honest feedback about their experiences in providing services, including budget restrictions and agency policies. Survey responses are anonymous, and participation in this project is voluntary—it will not affect your relationship with Marrakech, Inc., YAS, or any other service provider.
To take the CONSUMER survey, visit: www.surveymonkey.com/s/YASconsumer
To take the PROVIDER survey, visit: www.surveymonkey.com/s/YASprovider
To learn more about this research project, please e-mail Meredith Campbell Britton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together we can make a positive impact on the lives of young adults with mental illness.