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The Transition of Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders from Most-Restrictive Placements to Less-Restrictive Settings
AdvisorTaylor, Shanon S.
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This study examined the transition from most-restrictive to less-restrictive environments for youth with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). Review of the literature indicated that a transition coordinator is advised to assist the youth by coordinating between youth, family, and all agencies involved in the youth's care to develop a transition plan which should begin at intake, promoting continuity of care, self-determination, family involvement, academic and employment success, and assistance in navigating the adult mental health system. In this phenomenological study, participants were interviewed to determine the transition practices currently in place. The themes found in these interviews were: transitions differed from case to case, similarity between ideal and successful transitions, similarity in unsuccessful transitions, and barriers to transition. Transitions in practice differed from the transitions participants desired to implement, and from those transitions prescribed by the literature.