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Department of Health and Human Services: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders Program

Deadline: May 14, 2018

The Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults With Serious Mental Disorders (Healthy Transitions) Program aims 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.

The overall goal of Healthy Transitions is to provide developmentally appropriate, culturally, and linguistically competent services and supports to address serious mental disorders among eligible youth. This will be accomplished by increasing awareness, screening, detection, outreach and engagement, referrals to treatment, coordination of care, and evidence-informed treatment.

Healthy Transitions will accomplish program goals by:

  • Creating, implementing, and expanding services and supports that are developmentally appropriate, culturally competent, and youth and young adult-driven, involve family and community members (including business leaders and faith-based organizations), and provide for continuity of care and support between child- and adult-serving systems.
  • Improving cross-system collaboration, service capacity, and expertise related to the population(s) of focus through infrastructure and organizational change at the state/tribal level.
  • Implementing public awareness and cross-system provider training.

Amount: A total of $3,368,000 is available to award up to four grants that range up to $1,000,000 per year. The project period is up to 5 years.

Eligibility:

  • The state/tribal 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 only state/tribal 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.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298775

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