Addressing Mental Health in African American Job Training Adolescents and Young Adults

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified September 2009 by Johns Hopkins University.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
Johns Hopkins University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00979524
First received: September 17, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: September 2009
History: No changes posted
  Purpose

This project's focus is twofold—to change the culture of an employment training program for adolescents and young adults (Youth Opportunities, or "YO") to more fully address the many mental health issues faced by its participants and to expand and improve the quantity and quality of mental health services for YO members. Four project components have been carefully selected to address the mental health issues of YO members: (1) Mental health education/training for YO staff and peer leaders, (2) Mental health education activities for YO members, (3) mental health screening on all newly enrolling YO members, and (4) comprehensive mental health services for YO members. These project components will be implemented at the HEBCAC YO Program (subsequently referred to as "Eastside" YO), with the Westside YO Program initially participating as a control site. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Adolescent Health, led by Dr. Darius Tandon of the Department of Pediatrics, will conduct the research examining the effectiveness of these mental health services and supports.

There are four project objectives. First, the proposed activities will increase YO members' knowledge of mental health resources and decrease stigma associated with seeking mental health services. Second, the investigators will see an increase in YO members' receipt of needed mental health services. Third, the investigators will see improvement in YO members' mental health. Fourth, as a result of their improved mental health, YO members will more actively engage in YO program activities and achieve more key program milestones (e.g., GED completion). These objectives are sequential, with later objectives predicated on the achievement of earlier ones.


Condition Intervention Phase
Depression
Behavioral: Comprehensive Mental Health Services and Supports
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Addressing Mental Health in African American Job Training Adolescents and Young Adults

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Further study details as provided by Johns Hopkins University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Depressive symptoms [ Time Frame: November 2008-November 2012 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 1150
Study Start Date: November 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Comprehensive Mental Health Services
Intervention group participants will receive an array of mental health education and services based on their level of need. Study participants will fall into low, moderate, or elevated risk based on results of baseline screening. Services will be provided to each group as specified below. Low risk group: (a) Initial meeting with one of the licensed clinical social workers (LCSW-C), (b) education activities to promote knowledge and change attitudes around mental health; Moderate risk group: (a) Initial meeting with one of the licensed clinical social workers (LCSW-C), (b) Short-term mental health services delivered by the LCSW-C, (c) Depression prevention intervention, (d) Education activities to promote knowledge and change attitudes around mental health; High risk group: (a) Initial meeting with one of the licensed clinical social workers (LCSW-C), (b) Mental health treatment services, (c) Education activities to promote knowledge and change attitudes around mental health.
Behavioral: Comprehensive Mental Health Services and Supports
This study uses a quasi-experimental design to test the efficacy of a comprehensive mental health intervention to improve the mental health and employment outcomes of young adults (18-24) enrolling in the Eastside YO Program. Newly enrolling Eastside YO members will receive an array of mental health education and services based on level of need and serve as this study's intervention group. Newly enrolling Westside YO members will receive "usual care" services delivered by the staff at the Westside YO Program and serve as this study's comparison group.
Active Comparator: Usual Care (Employment Training Services)
Newly enrolling Westside YO members will receive "usual care" services, which constitute a moderate level of mental health services and supports. The usual care services related to mental health at the Westside will include (1) the ACASI screen for all newly enrolling Westside YO members, (2) the initial visit with a LCSW-C, and (3) mental health training for Westside Case Advocates. More extensive mental health educational activities and services (e.g., additional sessions with LCSW-C, SOS Club) provided to the intervention group will not be available at the Westside YO Center during the initial study period. Also, Eastside Case Advocates will receive more extensive and ongoing mental health training.
Behavioral: Comprehensive Mental Health Services and Supports
This study uses a quasi-experimental design to test the efficacy of a comprehensive mental health intervention to improve the mental health and employment outcomes of young adults (18-24) enrolling in the Eastside YO Program. Newly enrolling Eastside YO members will receive an array of mental health education and services based on level of need and serve as this study's intervention group. Newly enrolling Westside YO members will receive "usual care" services delivered by the staff at the Westside YO Program and serve as this study's comparison group.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 24 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All newly enrolling Eastside and Westside YO members during the study period will be eligible for study participation.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • We will not enroll YO members currently in foster care in this study.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00979524

Contacts
Contact: Darius Tandon, PhD 410 614-5281 standon@jhmi.edu
Contact: Margaret Tucker 443.287.3007 mgifford@jhsph.edu

Locations
United States, Maryland
Baltimore City Eastside and Westside Youth Opportunity Centers Recruiting
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21213, 21217
Contact: Lois Mitchell    443-524-2807      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Shiv Darius Tandon, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00979524     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: U48DP001919-01
Study First Received: September 17, 2009
Last Updated: September 17, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Johns Hopkins University:
Depressive symptoms
Mental health services
Adolescents
Young adults
African-American

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depression
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 23, 2014