University of South Florida
More than two decades of research underscore the importance of initial pathways to care for youth and young adults (Y/YA) with nascent serious mental illness, with negative pathways having been found to impact short- and long-term engagement and outcomes. Preliminary data analyses suggest that a substantial proportion of Y/YA with nascent serious mental illness in the Tampa area initially seek services through emergency services. In order to develop and implement robust PCOR/CER projects in this topic area, strong stakeholder involvement in research and multi-stakeholder, multi-systems collaboration is required. The University of South Florida team convened a stakeholder advisory network focused on the role of emergency and crisis services/response in Y/YA pathways to care, then worked with members to organize six research involvement workshops tailored to different stakeholder groups. This resource focuses on building capacity for community members to conduct research interviews.