Research-To-Practice Brief

Leveraging State Policy to Support Positive Mental Health and Employment for Youth with Marginalized Racial Identities

In 2022, the Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth (CAPE-Youth), in collaboration with the White House Office of Public Engagement, hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on “Improving Mental Health Service Delivery for Youth and Young Adults with Marginalized Racial Identities.” The event highlighted how mental health policies can help states promote positive long-term outcomes such as higher employment rates for youth and young adults (Y&YAs), including Y&YAs with disabilities who belong to marginalized racial groups. This CAPE-Youth brief provides a summary of various ideas and strategies participants raised during the roundtable discussion, highlighting:

  • Expanding culturally responsive mental health care;
  • Increasing access to mental health supports; and
  • Embedding mental health programs and supports into workforce systems.
Partner Resources
Supportive Services
Health/Behavioral Health Referrals and Supports
Special Populations
Disabled Individuals
Youth in Transition
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