University of South Florida
Over 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 youth and young adults(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 (SAN) focused on the role of emergency & crisis services/response in Y/YA pathways to care, then worked with members to organize 6 research involvement workshops tailored to different stakeholder groups. This resource focuses on building capacity for community members to understand survey design.