Department of Health and Human Services: Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders Program
The purpose of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults With Serious Mental Disorders Program (Healthy Transitions) is to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults, ages 16-25, who have a serious emotional disturbance (SED) or a serious mental illness (SMI). It is expected that this program will improve emotional and behavioral health functioning so that this population of youth and young adults can maximize their potential to assume adult roles and responsibilities and lead full and productive lives.
Youth and young adults with SMI or SED between the ages of 16-25, including those with intellectual developmental disabilities, may not be working, in school, or in vocational and higher education programs. Some face the additional challenge of experiencing homelessness, or being in contact with the juvenile or criminal justice system, thereby increasing the likelihood of admissions to hospitals, mental health, and/or correctional facilities. Unfortunately, these same youth are among the least likely to seek help and may “fall through the cracks” and not receive the services and supports they need to become productive and healthy adults. It is imperative that appropriate outreach and engagement processes are developed and implemented to create access to effective behavioral health interventions and supports.
The overall goal of Healthy Transitions will be to provide developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically competent services and supports to address serious mental disorders among youth 16 – 25 years of age. This will be accomplished by increasing awareness, screening and detection, outreach and engagement, referrals to treatment, coordination of care, and evidence-informed treatment.
Amount: A total of $14,130,226 is available to award up to 14 grants that range up to $1,000,000.
- The state/tribal/territorial agency that oversees delivery of mental health services to youth and young adults, ages 16-25, with serious mental disorders
- Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations
Eligibility is limited because SAMHSA believes that only state/tribal/territorial agencies overseeing the delivery of mental health services to youth and young adults are in the unique position to leverage community agencies that can support the wide scale adoption of Healthy Transitions programs and services. The state/tribal agency has the capacity, knowledge, and infrastructure to assist communities with successful implementation of effective practices and strategies at the community level while also sharing and implementing effective and successful statewide strategies. Through the building of interconnected partnerships, Healthy Transitions can promote systems integration and strengthen the ability of states/tribes and communities to integrate prevention, intervention, and treatment services for youth and young adults with serious mental disorders.
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