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August 01, 2014
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Our research was designed to promote the transformation of mental health care by increasing knowledge of supports, services, and policies that:

  • Build on family strengths;
  • Are community based, family driven, and youth guided;
  • Promote cultural competence; and
  • Are based on evidence of effectiveness.
About the RTC  


The Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health was established in 1984 at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education, and the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Funding for the Center ended September 30, 2009. The Center was dedicated to promoting effective community-based, culturally competent, family-centered services for families and their children who are, or may be affected by mental, emotional or behavioral disorders. This goal was accomplished through collaborative research partnerships with family members, service providers, policy makers, and other concerned persons. The Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health worked to:

  • establish a knowledge base about the experiences of family members whose children had serious mental health challenges
  • promote participation in decision-making by family members and young people at all levels of the system  (child/family, organization, system, policy and  research)
  • encourage the formation and growth of local, state, and national family organizations
  • document practices and family experiences in the areas of wraparound services, early childhood services, work-family challenges, transition, and out-of-home placement
  • bring together representatives of diverse groups (family members, policy makers, service providers, educators and researchers) to promote mutual understanding and information exchange through trainings, conferences, and targeted meetings.
  • collaborate with others to promote culturally appropriate services, evaluation methods, and materials
  • develop measures and research approaches to assess important topics such as caregiver empowerment, youth empowerment, parent-professional collaboration, service coordination, and family and youth participation in service and educational planning. 
Connecting to previous and ongoing work:

The work of the RTC on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health helped to build a foundation for a new Research and Training Center on transition-age youth and young adults. The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Supporting Successful Transition for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions was funded on October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2014. Funding for Pathways to Positive Futures is provided by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, United States Department of Education, and the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The RTC for Pathways to Positive Futures aims to improve the lives of young people, ages 14-30, who have serious mental health conditions. The Center works toward this goal through rigorous research, targeted training and technologically sophisticated dissemination. Its efforts are guided by a philosophy of positive youth development and recovery, and they are continuously informed and advised by the voices of young people and other community members. Drs. Nancy Koroloff and Janet Walker serve as co-directors.

Publications and other products of the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health can be accessed through the Pathways website.

NOTE: To access all publications produced by the RTC, uncheck the box labeled "Limit your results to transition-related research" in the search area.

 
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Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, 2009.
The Center was jointly funded by:

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National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, United States Department of Education
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Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.