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

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00979524
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 18, 2009
Last Update Posted : April 7, 2016
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Study Description
Brief Summary:

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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Depression Behavioral: Comprehensive Mental Health Services and Supports Phase 1

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 782 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Addressing Mental Health in African American Job Training Adolescents and Young Adults
Study Start Date : November 2008
Primary Completion Date : November 2014
Study Completion Date : November 2014

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Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
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.


Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Depressive symptoms [ Time Frame: November 2008-November 2012 ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 24 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
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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Locations
United States, Maryland
Baltimore City Eastside and Westside Youth Opportunity Centers
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21213, 21217
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins University
More Information

Responsible Party: Johns Hopkins University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00979524     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: U48DP001919-01 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: September 18, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 7, 2016
Last Verified: April 2016

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