Housing and Supports for Youth 18-24, including Youth that haveExperienced Trauma (Access, Populations)
The Community Partnership of Southern Arizona’s (CPSA) Clinical and HousingDepartments have worked together since 2008 to create two unique housingprograms with support services aimed at youth between the ages of 18 to24. CPSA will share their housing andsupport service model, which focuses on recovery and increasing participants’skills and abilities, thus, resulting in them becoming productive and sociallyintegrated members of the community. Georgetown University, the National Federation of Families forChildren’s Mental Health and the Mental Health Association in Tulsa understandthat many youth, particularly those transitioning out of the foster care andjuvenile justice systems, have experienced trauma. These three organizations will provideinformation on the effects of trauma, how trauma impedes successful transitionand how adult supporters can help promote resiliency.
Debra Cady, MSW, LCSW, as theDirector of Child Welfare Policy, provides technical assistance, strategicplanning and facilitation to communities, tribes, families and nationalorganizations on partnering with child welfare and mental health; trains ontrauma-informed youth engagement and system reform strategies; and conductsrelevant research/evaluation. Ms. Cady receivedan MSW from the University of Denver, Colorado, 1988 and is a Licensed ClinicalSocial Worker. She has over 29 years of experience with community mentalhealth, child welfare and juvenile justice systems working on behalf ofchildren, youth and families in local, state and national leadership positions.
Barbara Montrose decided 20 years ago to transport her business degree and experience from the corporateworld to the nonprofit sector and become an advocate for housing for specialpopulations. Ms. Montrose has sinceworked toward the establishment of a housing continuum that extends fromemergency shelters to home ownership. Her experience includes grant writing, development, rehabilitation,management and administration. She isthe author of the chapter on housing in ASourcebook for Families Coping with Mental Illness, she has served as chairof the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness (AZCEH), and she has received anumber of awards for her work with people experiencing homelessness. Ms. Montrose is currently the HousingServices Director at Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA), theRegional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) for Pima County, Arizona.
Treba Shyers, MS, received her Bachelor’s degree inEducation from Northeastern State University in 1996 and worked in thenonprofit sector of Tulsa. In 2001, Ms.Shyers received her Master’s in Human Relations. She currently works at the Mental HealthAssociation in Tulsa as the Community Coordinator for the Oklahoma HealthyTransitions Initiative, where she continues to raise awareness of the barriersyoung adults face in the community.
- To recognize how young adults are a “culture” with a unique set of requested housing needs and be able to list three of those requests
- To understand how housing with support services also addresses goals of the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, thus, providing the opportunity for federal funding
- To learn how trauma impacts youth and young adults during transition
- To learn trauma-informed strategies to effectively engage and better support youth and young adults to prevent housing disruption
- To learn about services andhousing supports from a former foster care alumnus who experienced homelessness