ERIC Number: ED356579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Teenagers at Risk: A National Perspective of State Level Services for Adolescents with Chronic Illness or Disability.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. National Center for Youth with Disabilities.; Society for Adolescent Medicine, Independence, MO.
This report presents the findings of a study which examined the service delivery system for adolescents with chronic illness, through a survey of 248 directors of public agencies and programs of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with a 73 percent response rate. The seven programs surveyed within each state were Maternal and Child Health Programs, Children with Special Health Care Needs Programs, Adolescent Health Coordinators, Departments of Special Education, Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities Programs, Developmental Disabilities Councils, and Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Study findings are analyzed in terms of which services are currently available to adolescents, which programs are emphasized, which agencies should provide services to adolescents with chronic illness or disability, identification of major issues, and preparation for the future. Key findings include: (1) adolescents are not considered a priority either for funding or programming; (2) specialty medical services appear to be universally available but primary health care and psychosocial and health promotion services are not; and (3) the three most important factors limiting successful transition to adulthood were insufficient transition planning, transportation/location of service, and vocational training. Seven policy recommendations are offered. (JDD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Chronic Illness, Delivery Systems, Developmental Disabilities, Disabilities, Financial Support, Government Role, Health Promotion, Health Services, Human Services, Medical Services, Mental Retardation, National Surveys, Primary Health Care, Public Policy, Secondary Education, Special Health Problems, State Programs, Transitional Programs, Vocational Education, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Bureau of Maternal and Child Health and Resources Development.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. National Center for Youth with Disabilities.; Society for Adolescent Medicine, Independence, MO.
Note: Printed on 10 in. by 12 in. pages.