Feasibility Study for Demonstration of Supported Education to Promote Educational Attainment and Employment among Individuals with Serious Mental Illness: Final Report. Acknowledgments


RTI International and the University of Massachusetts Medical School prepared this report under contract to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (Contract No. HHSP23320095651WC). The authors sincerely appreciate the guidance of Emily Jones, Kristina West, and Kirsten Beronio from ASPE during the implementation of this project; each provided helpful feedback on our procedures and specifically on this report. The report also incorporates information received during telephone discussions with several individuals who graciously provided their time: Gary Bond (Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center); Leslie Caplan (National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research); Jean Close, Kathryn Poisal, Margherita Sciulli, and David Shillcutt (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); Denise Juliano-Bult (National Institute of Mental Health); Paul Margolies, Gary Scannevin, and Liza Watkins (OnTrackNY); Sandra Miller (Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation); Lisa Mueller (Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Massachusetts); Kim Mueser (Boston University); Michelle Mullen (Rutgers University); Tamara Sale (Early Assessment and Support Alliance [EASA], Oregon); Cara Sams (Transition-Age Youth Programs, LifeWorks Northwest); Jo-Anne Sharac (Quinsigamond Community College, Massachusetts); Luana Turner (University of California, Los Angeles); and Karen Unger (Rehabilitation Through Education). We would also like to acknowledge the program administrators, providers, other staff, and young adults from the following locations who offered their time and thoughts during our three site visits: the EASA program in Oregon, the Learning Enhancement and Resource Network in Northern New Jersey, and the University of Minnesota. In addition, at RTI International, Susan Beck, Michelle Bogus, Debbie Bond, Cathy Boykin, Mikayla Craig, Janice Handler, Loraine Monroe, Margaret Smith, and Roxanne Snaauw provided report production and editorial assistance to help enhance the quality of this final product.

The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of ASPE, HHS, RTI International, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, or the environmental scan or site visit participants. The authors are solely responsible for any errors.

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