Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health

Young Adults of Transition Age Community of Practice

The Young Adults of Transition Age Community of Practice provides an opportunity for discussion, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas and resources related to transition-aged youth with mental health challenges currently served by system of care communities. Through networking opportunities, the system of care communities serving these young people will be better able to provide the necessary and desired assistance to those youth transitioning from adolescence to adulthood.

According to researchers, public officials, and mental health advocates, young adults with serious and persistent mental health needs can have difficulty finding services that assist them in the transition to adulthood. Because available mental health, employment, and housing services are not always suited for young adults with mental illness, these individuals may not opt to receive these services. They may also find it difficult to qualify for adult programs that provide or pay for mental health services, interrupting the continuum of services they rely on. Finally, navigating the numerous and unique programs that address the diverse needs of these youth can be particularly challenging for them and their families.

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Featured Resource

Young Adults With Serious Mental Illness: Some States and Federal Agencies Are Taking Steps to Address their Transition Challenges

U.S. Government Accountability Office (2008)

Describes the number and demographics of young adults with mental illness, challenges they face, how selected states assist them, and how the federal government supports states in serving these young adults.

Featured System of Care Community

Project Ho’omohala - Transition to Adulthood

HO'OMOHALA Logo To be empowered! To evolve! To be independent! Focused on serving young people with serious emotional or behavioral challenges, Project Ho’omohala addresses other challenges of adulthood, such as access to education, employment, housing, and experiences that provide a foundation for learning and provide life skills. They support young people as they build their lives by providing individualized transition services, peer support and mentoring, and family or caregiver support.