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Ohio State University
Tara Crawford, Janet Kiplinger Ciccone
Research to end homelessness and prevent or intervene in drug use and mental health problems among youth has lagged that of adults.
Next time you’re on the street, notice the youth alone with a backpack and a dog, looking with longing in the window of a fast-food restaurant but not buying anything to eat. Or sleeping in the library. Or lingering at a bus stop but never boarding a bus. That young person might be experiencing homelessness, a condition that is rising among youth in our society. Homelessness among youth is not rare.
In this project, the research team will train the therapists and youth advocates at Star House to implement evidence-based interventions, which include a motivational and substance use/mental health intervention and an advocacy intervention focused on linkage to community and social supports.