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Transitions of Youth at Risk in Kentucky


The purpose of the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children (KECSAC) Transitions study is to identify and describe key components of successful transition of students in state agency A-6 education programs. Data is currently (2007-2008) being gathered from administrators at 110 A-6 educational programs and 25 youth in KECSAC programs. Focus groups and individual interviews are being used. The interview questions focus on: transition planning and supports, components of successful transition, obstacles to successful transition, and settings to/from which transition occurs.
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Related Documents

  • Overview of Literature
  • Outline of Study
  • Presentation of Research Project
  • KECSAC home page

Brief History of the Project

In 2006, the EKU Department of Occupational Therapy partnered with the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children (KECSAC) to develop occupational therapy programming to youth with mental health needs in non-traditional educational settings. During the 2006-2007 academic year, Amy Marshall provided weekly services at three KECSAC sites: Barnabas Home in Jackson County, the Safe Harbor Academy at the Methodist Home in Woodford County, and the Madison County Day Treatment Program. Direct and indirect services were provided, according to the individual’s needs. The following are example of services provided: assessment of youth, intervention with groups and individuals, supervision and placement of 8 occupational therapy graduate students and 2 social work students.

More Research on this Population

Development of Occupational Therapy Programs for Youth at Risk
Providing Rural Interdisciplinary Services to Youth with Mental Health Needs (PRISYM)

Research Team Members

Julie Baltisberger, EKU
Elaine Fehringer, EKU
Amy Marshall, EKU
Ronnie Nolan, KECSAC
Doris Pierce, EKU
Norman Powell, KECSAC

Contact Information
Amy Marshall
Assistant Professor
Occupational Therapy
Eastern Kentucky University
(859) 622-5896

2007 - EKU-Occupational Therapy Research Center<br />

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