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LifeWorks Northwest

Serves Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties

Service Area

A LifeWorks NW TAY Hub serving the Portland-Metro Area. The service area for the STRIDE program will include Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.

STRIDE Introduction Letter

Target Populations

  • Youth experiencing homelessness.

  • Youth who identify as part of the LGBTQ community

  • Youth transitioning out of foster care or residential treatment.

  • Youth who have been screened out of EASA programs.

Services

STRIDE aims to deliver low-barrier access by providing community-based services including case management, skill building, and peer support based on each youth’s strengths and goals. The STRIDE team, consisting of three QMHP's, two QMHA's and three peer support specialist is available for the following:

  • Making initial contacts with youth and identifying their goals/areas of need.

  • Developing safety plans with all youth who access STRIDE.

  • Providing clinical case management services.

  • Developing stronger natural supports by facilitating connections to consumer and youth run organizations.

  • Partnering with youth to establish greater housing stability.

  • Providing employment support.

  • Engaging in meaningful community activities.

  • Linking youth to primary care.

  • Facilitating transitions to addictions and mental health programs.

  • Partnering with the Family Search and Engagement team through Catholic Community Services to assist youth in reconnecting with family members.

The practice model of the STRIDE team will be rooted in the TIP (transition to independent process) model, a developmentally appropriate evidence-supported practice designed to guide youth through their transition to adulthood. The STRIDE team will consist of two QMHPs, two QMHAs and four peer support specialists. The focus of service will be on outreach and engagement using the core practices of TIP and a prevention model. Staff will be co-located at homeless youth drop-in centers across the metro area.

LifeWorks NW currently operates intensive TAY mental health programs in all three metro counties. The STRIDE program will become the access point for these programs and will facilitate a smooth entry into these programs for youth who identify this as a need and who meet authorization criteria. STRIDE will continue to provide skills training, clinical case management, and peer support to youth who do not meet the eligibility requirements of the TAY mental health programs. The STRIDE team will work to connect these youth to other appropriate programs and services within LifeWorks NW and the greater community.

Community Partners

The STRIDE team will partner with the Homeless Youth Continuum, Boys and Girls Aid Society, Washington County Crisis Team, Project Respond, Centerstone, LifeWorks NW EASA and TAY programs, Multnomah County EASA, the EASA Young Adult Leadership Council, EASA center of Excellence, the Regional Research Institute at PSU, Family Search and Engagement team through Catholic Community Services, Oregon Primary Care Association/ Community Health team, Family Care, and Health Share.

STRIDE will collaborate with consumer driven organizations including Youth Move, NAMI, and OFSN.

STRIDE will collaborate with regional advisory councils such as MEAC, MCAC, C4, CMHSAC, ISA Advisory, Rehab Consortium, Communities Supporting Youth, CESC Placement, CHT, and iTan.

STRIDE will also collaborate with organizations serving the LGBTQ community including the Q Center, SMYRC, TransActive, and The Living Room.

Capacity

STRIDE expects to maintain 85 actively enrolled clients.

STRIDE Program Goals

All Hub participants identify and access 2-3 resources outside of acute care and/or restrictive settings including educational and/or employment resources

  • Improving the housing stability of 90% of all homeless youth who access STRIDE services.

  • Establish or re-establish primary care for 60% of youth who access STRIDE services.

  • Comprehensive safety planning for all STRIDE enrolled clients by 3.

  • TAY Hub Advisory Council established.

  • Tri County TAY Conference convened to promote developmentally and culturally responsive work with young adult and LGBTQ population.

Contact Info

STRIDE referral number: (971) 226-1820 
STRIDE Email: STRIDE@lifeworksnw.org

STRIDE Program Director:
Nora Olsgaard-Wheeler
(971) 226-1820
nora.olsgaard@lifeworksnw.org

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