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Citation:  Everson, J. M., Ivester, J., & Cordoni, L. (2019). The development of local interagency transition teams: A report from the Transition Alliance of South Carolina (TASC). Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 50 (3), 243-248.
Title:  The development of local interagency transition teams: A report from the Transition Alliance of South Carolina (TASC)
Authors:  Everson, J. M., Ivester, J., & Cordoni, L.
Year:  2019
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Background:  Locally-based and collaborative interagency transition teams have long been considered to be a “best practice” in the delivery of high school-to-adult life transition services for young adults with disabilities. Nevertheless, very little research exists assessing the specific team development and collaboration activities that these teams undertake in their efforts to improve outcomes for youth residing in their communities. As a result, although we believe local interagency teams are an effective vehicle for planning and delivering transition services, we know very little about the specific characteristics and activities of these teams. This is problematic for technical assistance (TA) providers, as well as for local team leaders, as we have limited guidance to offer teams in their initiation and membership struggles, goal setting and attainment activities, action planning models, or processes for reaching consensus. We have even less guidance to offer teams for their specific collaborative and interagency activities such as evaluating the viability of interagency agreements, the impact of joint personnel and service funding, or guidelines for making policy and procedural revisions.
Purpose:  The purpose of this report is to explore these issues with local interagency teams in South Carolina by summarizing self-reported data on team development and collaboration interagency activities from 22 local interagency teams followed by the Transition Alliance of South Carolina (TASC) between September 2015 and September 2016. This report will also suggest TA activities for providers to focus upon as well as team leadership activities for local team leaders to use to initiate and lead teams in their local communities.

Disabilities served:  Multiple disabilities
Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Transition-age students (14 - 22)
Interventions:  Transition services