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Agency leader perspectives on aftercare for youth departing group homes

Patrick M Tyler, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Group homes that provide treatment to youth with mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs have been criticized for high costs and high reentry rates. Aftercare has been suggested to improve the outcomes of youth who depart group homes. Unfortunately, the understanding of the most important aftercare supports and the availability of these supports is lacking. This project used a survey method to collect data from 38 agency leaders from across the United States on the aftercare supports they believed to be important and the availability of these supports. This study also examined possible factors that could impact the participants’ views on aftercare. The results provide rankings and ratings of the importance and availability of aftercare supports across seven domains (i.e., education, mental health, physical health, safety, family, relationships, and independent living), comparisons of respondent views based on participant and agency characteristics, as well as participant comments. The findings are summarized and limitations and implications for future research are discussed.

Subject Area

Mental health|Special education

Recommended Citation

Tyler, Patrick M, "Agency leader perspectives on aftercare for youth departing group homes" (2015). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3737106.