Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health

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About the Transition-Aged Youth Community of Practice Leads

This Transition-Aged Youth Community of Practice Team represents diverse experience and knowledge in three areas:

  • Expertise from various system perspectives: mental health, child welfare, education, and juvenile justice.
  • On-the-ground infrastructure building, including programs and program development at the state and community level.
  • Knowledge of research, innovations, and best practices in addressing the needs of youth in transition.

Simon Gonsoulin

Photo: Simon GonsoulinSimon Gonsoulin was the juvenile justice content specialist for the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health. As the former deputy secretary of the Office of Youth Development within the Governor's Cabinet in Louisiana, Mr. Gonsoulin served as the lead administrator for the State's juvenile justice system, including its secure care facilities, Statewide probation and parole functions, contracted community-based programming, and newly created stand-alone State agency of juvenile justice. He has also served as the State director of education for the same office. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gonsoulin worked in schools and classrooms as an instructor and principal. Simon is also the director of the National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, and At-Risk (NDTAC). NDTAC is a U.S. Department of Education-funded Center aimed at assisting states in meeting the educational and vocational needs of youth involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems as well as those at risk for such involvement.

Photo: Nicholas ReadNicholas Read was the juvenile justice technical assistance liaison for the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health. On the Partnership, Nicholas worked with system of care communities to understand and provide resources to meet their needs in working to serve youth in or at risk of involvement with the juvenile and criminal justice systems. He has worked with and on behalf of youth of all ages for more than 10 years as a tutor, mentor, counselor, instructor, and researcher. On the Partnership, Nicholas works with system of care communities to understand and provide resources to meet their needs in working to serve youth in or at risk of involvement with the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Nicholas is also a technical assistance liaison for the National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent or At Risk (NDTAC).

Frequently-Asked Question (FAQs)

Get answers to the most commonly asked questions about youth who are transitioning from child and youth services to the adult mental health and related service delivery systems.

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