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  • A case for collaborative practice: a longitudinal look at provincial support services for children (3 to 12 years) with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Alberta over six years 

    Piatt, Carley; Bhatt, Hitesh; Cui, Xinjie (PolicyWise for Children & Families, PolicyWise for Children & Families, 2019-07-19)
    Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) experience lifelong neurocognitive, behavioural, and physical challenges from prenatal alcohol exposure. This report profiled 1,055 Albertan children (3 to 12 years old) ...
  • Youth homelessness: risk factors and outcomes 

    Scott, Allison; Lifeso, Natasha; Piatt, Carley; Zhang, Yunqi; Cui, Xinjie (PolicyWise for Children & Families, PolicyWise for Children & Families, 2019-07-19)
    Youth experiencing homelessness often face serious risks including victimization, substance abuse, poor nutrition, suicidality, and limited access to primary healthcare and other services. This report examined Alberta youth ...
  • The child-to-adult transition for Albertan youth with disabilities 

    Russell, Matthew; Zhang, Yunqi; Zwicker, Jennifer; Tough, Suzanne; Cui, Xinjie (PolicyWise for Children & Families, PolicyWise for Children & Families, University of Calgary, 2019-07-19)
    Youth with disabilities often face challenges in the child to adult transition. This report identified challenges Albertan youth with disabilities face during the child to adult transition using administrative data from ...
  • Mental health and social program usage: analyses for integrated mental health hubs 

    Scott, Allison; Parker, Naomi; Salt, Valeri; Brown, Kyla; Piatt, Carley; Scott, Cathie; Cui, Xinjie (PolicyWise for Children & Families, PolicyWise for Children & Families, 2019-07-19)
    In 2019, Alberta is creating integrated mental health hubs to support the well-being of youth. This report describes the proportion of youth (11 to 24 years old) between 2005/06 and 2010/11 who received mental health ...
  • Health, mental health and social service use in high-level offenders age 18 to 25 in Alberta 

    Lifeso, Natasha; Scott, Allison; Piatt, Carley; Zhang, Yunqi; Cui, Xinjie (PolicyWise for Children & Families, PolicyWise for Children & Families, 2019-07-19)
    A large proportion of crime is committed by a small number of prolific offenders. This report used administrative data to compare the service use of young Albertans (18 to 25 years old) with different levels of criminal ...
  • Shared clients: health, mental health, and social characteristics of high users of the health, justice, and community and social support systems 

    Scott, Allison; Lifeso, Natasha; Piatt, Carley; Zhang, Yunqi; Cui, Xinjie (PolicyWise for Children & Families, PolicyWise for Children & Families, 2019-07-19)
    High users of multiple systems (sometimes called complex needs individuals) are a small proportion of the population that require a significant number of services. This report profiled young adults who are high users of ...
  • A profile of young adult corrections involvement 

    Werk, Christine; Twilley, Leslie; Cui, Xinjie (PolicyWise for Children & Families, PolicyWise for Children & Families, 2019-05-17)
    Young adults with corrections involvement often have complex needs that would benefit from coordination between service providers. This report used administrative data to profile young Albertans (18 to 25 years old) with ...
  • A profile of children and youth whose families received Family Support for Children with Disabilities services 

    Jia, Ruiting; Cankaya, Ozlem; Twilley, Leslie; Cui, Xinjie; Cui, Xinjie (PolicyWise for Children & Families, PolicyWise for Children & Families, 2019-01-18)
    Families caring for children with disabilities may require a wide range of supports to assist them. This report used administrative data to profile young Albertans (0 to 17 years old) who received a range of services from ...
  • A profile of students with special needs who transitioned between Government of Alberta disability programs 

    Jia, Ruiting; Bhatt, Hitesh; Cui, Xinjie (PolicyWise for Children & Families, PolicyWise for Children & Families, 2019-10-18)
    The child to adult transition can be especially challenging for youth with disabilities. This report examined special needs service use patterns of Albertans with disabilities (15 to 23 years old) when they transitioned ...
  • A profile of youth and young adults with criminal offences 

    Werk, Christine; Twilley, Leslie; Cui, Xinjie (PolicyWise for Children & Families, PolicyWise for Children & Families, 2019-07-17)
    Youth with corrections involvement often have complex needs that would benefit from coordination between service providers. This report used administrative data to profile youth (12 to 25 years old) that had criminal ...

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