Multisector involvement among adolescents with disabilities

Amanda L Sullivan, Andrew Thayer, Shanna Sadeh

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When youth experience psychosocial difficulties, multiple sectors of care may intervene. The present study examined the prevalence and sociodemographic predictors of multisector involvement related to psychosocial difficulties among adolescents with disabilities. Using a nationally representative sample of 9,230 students who participated in the National Longitudinal Transition Study–2, we estimated students’ rates of involvement in school, health, social service, and juvenile justice sectors and used logistic regression models to ascertain the relations to student characteristics. Students with disabilities were frequently involved with a variety of sectors of care, but schools remain the primary provider. Multisector involvement was commonplace, particularly for adolescents with emotional disturbance or autism. Disability and insurance type consistently predicted involvement of each sector, but other sociodemographic characteristics commonly related to disparities in involvement were not significant in most of our models. Communication and collaboration across systems can support the school-based problem solving and individualized planning for students with disabilities.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-364
Number of pages12
JournalRemedial and Special Education
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (New Connections Award 69589), awarded to Amanda L. Sullivan. The content of this article is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not represent the views of the Foundation. We are grateful for the support.

Publisher Copyright:
© Hammill Institute on Disabilities 2017.


  • disability
  • mental health
  • services
  • special education


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