Designing and Refining the Emerge Model:

Discovery-Oriented Services for Transition Age Youth & Young Adults


Transition-Age Youth represent the developmental stage with the highest prevalence for serious mental health conditions yet are least likely to engage in mental health services. In this engaging and interactive presentation, participants will understand the case for creating services specifically dedicated to young adults. Participants will learn about the innovative Emerge model of service for young adults, a multi- disciplinary team-based approach blending evidence-informed practices (and fun!). In conjunction with MindStrong First Episode Programs, Emerge builds a true continuum of comprehensive services for transition-age youth. Participants will also learn about the research, outcomes, and lessons learned around implementing Emerge, along with the legislation that can open opportunities to build similar services state-wide.


Vanessa V. Klodnick, PhD, LCSW, Director of Research & Innovation, Youth & Young Adult Services, Thresholds –  Vanessa is a nationally recognized expert in older youth and young adult multidisciplinary service engagement and evidence-based practice enhancements for those transitioning to adulthood. Vanessa oversees Thresholds Youth and Young Adult Services research, evaluation, and quality improvement. Vanessa is aliated with The University of Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health and is a trainer and consultant with University of Massachusetts Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research. Vanessa translates knowledge developed through research, evaluation and quality improvement into in-person and online trainings, manuals, practice tools, and journal manuscripts. Vanessa provides consultation and training across the country on blending and enhancing evidence-based practices for older youth and young adults, including IPS Supported Employment and Peer Mentoring.

Marc A. Fagan, PsyD, is the Vice President of Clinical Operations, Youth & Young Adult Services, Thresholds. – He has over 18 years of experience in developing, implementing, and sustaining comprehensive programs for vulnerable youth and young adults with mental health challenges, including those with complex trauma and child system involvement histories, emergent serious mental health conditions, and at high risk for psychosis. These nationally recognized multidisciplinary programs are featured in several books and journal articles. Locally and nationally, Marc advocates and partners with policy makers, researchers, and practitioners to develop effective practice and policies that support the transition to adulthood. Marc is a certified consultant and engaging trainer in key evidence-informed practices for young people, including the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model. Marc conducts numerous webinars, workshops, and multi-day trainings with youth service providers, adult-serving providers, executives, leaders, schools, and other consortiums across the country.