Strategies to Support the Education Goals of Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions: A Case Study

  • Kathleen Biebel
  • Amy Ryder-Burge
  • Shums Alikhan
  • Heather Ringeisen
  • Marsha Ellison
Original Article


This manuscript describes efforts to support youth and young adults living with serious mental health conditions (SMHC) as they pursue their education goals. Case studies were conducted with three supported education initiatives across the US. Data were collected through individual interviews and focus groups. Key ingredients exist across various settings (e.g., mental health, post-secondary education) to support the pursuit of education goals for students living with SMHC, while individual settings have unique circumstances to address. Findings can inform stakeholders of relevant core components and implementation strategies across settings that support education goals for students with SMHCs.


Supported education Mental health Young adults Youth 



This study was funded by Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (64-312-0212050-51967L).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center, Transitions to Adulthood Center for ResearchUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolShrewsburyUSA
  2. 2.Center for Behavioral Health and DevelopmentRTI InternationalResearch Triangle ParkUSA
  3. 3.Truven Health AnalyticsAnn ArborUSA

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