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Adapting services to engage young adults in ICCD clubhouses
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Colleen E. McKay, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Ruth Osterman, Genesis Club House, Inc.
  • Joseph Shaffer, Fountain House, Inc.
  • Emily Sawyer, Genesis Club House, Inc.
  • Evan Gerrard, Genesis Club House, Inc.
  • Nelson Olivera, Fountain House, Inc.
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Publication Date
Document Type
Adolescent; Adult; Community Mental Health Services; Employment, Supported; Female; Health Services Needs and Demand; Humans; Male; *Mental Disorders; Mentally Disabled Persons; *Program Development; Self-Help Groups; Social Support; Vocational Guidance; Young Adult

TOPIC: This article describes efforts to develop and offer supports for young adults within two clubhouse programs affiliated with the International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD).

PURPOSE: In response to a need to address service gaps and create supports to engage young adults transitioning to the adult mental health system, the authors describe the background, development, and adaptations of services and supports for young adults within their respective clubhouse programs. The authors highlight details and challenges associated with program adaptation and success stories of transition aged youth actively engaged in their clubhouses. Sources Used: Published literature, personal observation, and member feedback.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: These clubhouse programs share successful strategies used to engage young adults including outreach efforts led by young adults, developing supports and linkages with local educational institutions, addressing housing issues specific to young adults, and using current technologies that young adults find appealing. These strategies may prove useful to other service models that serve this population. Clubhouses affiliated with the ICCD show promise in expanding their approach and services to engage and support young adults.

DOI of Published Version

Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2012 Winter;35(3):181-8. Link to article on publisher's site

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Citation Information
Colleen E. McKay, Ruth Osterman, Joseph Shaffer, Emily Sawyer, et al.. "Adapting services to engage young adults in ICCD clubhouses" Vol. 35 Iss. 3 (2012) ISSN: 1095-158X (Linking)
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