Model Demonstration Coordination Center

Cohort 7 Model Demonstration Projects

University of Oregon

Strategies Teaching Adolescent Young Offenders with Disabilities to Use Transition Skills (STAY OUT)

The purpose of this project is to develop 3 model demonstration sites to implement  STAY OUT
(Strategies Teaching Adolescent Young Offenders with disabilities to Use Transition skills.) aimed at supporting special educators in a young offender’s reintegration into education, employment and community programs. Evidence-based strategies of Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy—evidence-based practices for young offenders-- will be embedded into an existing young offender community reintegration training structure.  We will work with existing districts’ Response-to-Intervention or other district initiatives to complement STAY OUT services. Strong relationships will be built with the local juvenile parole office and other community agencies such as vocational rehabilitation and behavioral health.  The goal of this project is to help maintain school engagement and of post-incarceration educational experiences of young offenders’ with disabilities and ultimately improve this hard-to-serve population’s transition to adulthood. Project STAY OUT will recruit any young offender with an active IEP (or history of special education services) who has been incarcerated in a long-term close custody setting and is returning or being placed in the to the district and community.

Contact Information

Deanne Unruh
Principal Investigator
University of Oregon


Miriam Waintrup
Project Manager
University of Oregon
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