Recording of Supported Education for Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions (SMHC) Webinar Series Now Available

The majority of college students with serious mental health conditions do not finish school, which jeopardizes their long-term employment prospects. Transitions RTC researchers and trainers of supported education services recently hosted a 2-part webinar series about Supported Education for Young Adults with SMHC. The webinar series presents the state of the science and practice of supported education and related strategies for achieving post-secondary education goals of young adults with SMHC.

Obama Administration Bans Solitary Confinement for Juveniles in Federal Prisons

On January 25, 2016, President Obama announced a series of executive actions that include a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system. These actions also limit the use of solitary confinement for all offenders who commit with "low-level infractions" and lower the maximum amount of time a prisoner can be placed in solitary confinement from 365 to 60 days. These executive actions apply to approximately 10,000 individuals who are currently serving time in federal prisons.

GradNation Releases Data Brief on Graduation Rates for 2013-2014

GradNation, an initiative of America's Promise Alliance, recently released a new Data Brief on high school graduation rates for 2013-2014. This Data Brief breaks down trends in graduation for students with disabilities, low-income students, English language learners, and students from ethnic/racial minority groups. It illustrates gaps across states for the general graduation rates compared with the graduation rates for these sub-groups.

NCWD/Youth Releases Transition Truths: An Overview of Transition Systems

Transition Truths is an online tool that describes systems that may affect youth with and without disabilities as they transition from youth to adulthood. Youth can use this tool with youth service professionals and other caring adults to learn about their rights within these systems, plan for their transition, and identify areas where change is needed within their communities. Youth service professionals can also use this tool in working with youth and in identifying ways to connect youth to additional supports.

New “Every Student Succeeds Act” Signed into Law

On December 11, 2015 President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). According to the US Secretary of Education, this new bipartisan law, which will replace the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, will help ensure educational opportunity for all students by: