View Full Version : Research Opportunity: Improve services to teens

Melanie Sage
01-09-06, 02:57 PM
To: parents of children aged 14-21 who have been involved in team-based planning meetings in order to address a child’s mental/emotional health needs

From: Melanie Sage, MSW, Research Assistant at the Regional Research Institute for Human Services/Research & Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
(Janet Walker, PhD, Primary Investigator: Partnerships in Individualized Planning)

Re: Research participation opportunity

The Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health is looking for your feedback on tools we are developing to assess youth participation in team-based planning like wraparound, IEP (goals should not be strictly educational, but should also address mental/emotional health needs), or family unity meetings. We are interested in participation by youth aged 14-21 and their parent or caregiver. Youth 14-17 years old must have parent or guardian permission to participate.

What do you have to do? If you want to participate (and if you are under 18, if your parent or guardian consents), we will mail you a survey that focuses on youth participation in the team planning process. You will be asked to share information about your experiences with team-based planning.

We offer youth $20 for completing a survey. The youth survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. We offer a parent or caregiver $10 for completing a survey. The parent/caregiver survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

If you are a United States resident, and a youth, aged 18-21, or if you are the parent or guardian of a youth aged 14-17, and you are interested in finding out more, please call us at our toll free number. We are happy to answer questions.

If you would like a copy of the survey sent to you, please contact us by email at or at our toll free number at (1-877-890-7575). Please provide the following information:
1. Parent name
2. youth name
3. address and phone number
4. a goal from your child’s case plan that focuses on improving the child’s emotional/mental health
5. the age of the child at time of participation in individualized case planning (participation should either be current or have occurred within the last 12 months, and the child should be between 14-21)
6. and whether the child participated in team-based planning alone or with a caretaker/parent

We will contact you to let you know whether you qualify for this survey based on your responses, and will mail a survey with postage-paid return envelopes to qualified participants. This is a one-time survey with an optional retest opportunity. Participation can be withdrawn at any time. All personal information will be maintained confidentially, and will not be shared with anyone.

To learn more about this research project, please visit