Development and Psychometric Testing of the Transition Service Provider Competency Scale

  • Claudia SellmaierEmail author
  • Pauline Jivanjee
  • Eileen M. Brennan
  • Leigh Grover


Youth in the transition years (ages 14 to 25) with mental health needs experience poor outcomes in terms of high school completion, access to post-secondary education, employment, criminal justice system involvement, homelessness, and unplanned pregnancy compared to other young people with disabling conditions.13 Poor outcomes have been associated with lack of access to needed services, poor quality and developmentally inappropriate programming, and underprepared service providers.2,4 While program quality is affected by many factors, well-trained service providers are believed to be essential for quality services.5 In response to concerns expressed about the quality of mental health services, there have been efforts to develop a workforce that possesses clearly defined competencies.6 Competent service providers possess specific attitudes, knowledge, and skills that “allow them to provide high-quality care that improves client outcomes”7(p. 322). Competencies can lead...



Special thank you to the young adults, family members, service providers, policy makers, and researchers of the Pathways Transition Training Collaborative. This research would not have been possible without them.


This research and preparation of this manuscript was supported by grants from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, United States Department of Education, and the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services (NIDRR grant H133B140039) and the National Institute of 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 90RT5030).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Portland State University’s Institutional Review Board approved all procedures.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


The views expressed in the article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Washington TacomaTacomaUSA
  2. 2.Portland State UniversityPortlandUSA

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