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Transitional Age Youth, Part 2: Medication Self-Management Among Young Emerging Adults Transitioning from the Foster Care System

1:00pm - June 4, 2020 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Central East MHTTC
Registration Deadline: June 3, 2020
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This webinar series examines unique challenges that Transitional Age Youth (TAY), 16-24 year olds, with serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders face as they age out of the school-based or youth service system. Part 2 will explore best practices for foster care youth psychotropic medication management and recommendations on maximizing TAY’s competence to make self-care plans based on clinical evidence, personal experience, preferences, and values.



Kathleen West, DrPH, is a senior program manager for Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). With more than 30 years of professional experience working with at-risk families in an array of programs, she’s focused on intergenerational trauma, mental health and resiliency, addiction and treatment issues - often in the context of Family and Dependency Courts, other justice-involvement, and child welfare systems.  Dr. West earned her BA as a double major in Biology and Anthropology from Kalamazoo College, and her MPH and DrPH from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health. She serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine and has taught in the Department of Social Work at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.


Learning Objectives:
  • Increase understanding about why foster youth may be prescribed psychotropic medications at higher rates.
  • Review most common psychotropic medications used and neurobiological effects and common side effects.
  • Identify best practices for foster care youth psychotropic medication management.
  • Discuss foster care child and youth education and support on shared decision-making regarding psychotropic medication management.
Who Should Attend?

Clinicians and practitioners working in mental health and substance use services; family and dependency court staff; foster care professionals; foster families; young adults impacted by foster care and related services; CASA volunteers and other youth advocates; juvenile detention and community supervision personnel; managers and supervisors.


Certificates of attendance will be available to viewers of 50% (30 minutes) or more of the live webinar (via email within 30 business days post-event). CEUs are not offered for this session. Webinar slide presentations and recordings will be posted on the website.