making a successful transition to adulthood
The primary goal of the Young Adult Transitional Program is to assist young adults (ages 16-24) who have serious emotional or behavioral difficulties (this also includes co-occurring disorders), and/or serious and persistent mental illness in making a successful transition to adulthood.
Our program provides services to young adults who live in the community that have not been in the foster care system and many of our young adults are homeless or at high risk of homelessness, which may lead to engaging in criminal activities that can result to incarceration, and/or involuntary psychiatric hospitalization and specializes in providing services to “community youth” and youth who are “aging out” of foster care system.
The supportive services provided by our Young Adult Transitional Program are critical in bridging the gap between the children’s mental health system and the adult mental health system in order to ensure a successful transition into young adulthood.
… And our young adults concur:
“Your life is what you make it – and you should make it happy.” — Steven
“The program has helped me in learning how to budget my money and has helped me to pay my bills. The program has helped me to be more responsible and independent.” Overall, the program has helped me to be more confident and knowing that I can do it on my own.” — Savanna
“At one point in my life I thought I had no one to turn to since both of my parents are deceased. The program provided me with housing and helped me to get into college. I would like to thank the program for the advice and structure they have provided me in the past.” — Jared
“My life coach has provided me with guidance, medication management, and emotional support. The program has taught me to learn housekeeping and budgeting skills.” — Richard
The evidenced based Transition to Independence Process (TIP) model developed by Dr. Hewitt B. “Rusty” Clark is the backbone of the program, and includes:
- Life coach supportive services, which are provided in the community; meeting with the young adult in their own setting
- Life coach team leader
- Master’s level therapist
- Safe and affordable transitional housing in the local community
- Assistance in obtaining education, employment, mental health and substance abuse services
- Assistance in teaching independent living skills, including daily living skills and financial management
- Social opportunities for young people
- Information, education, and support for families, and assistance in helping them learn how to provide support for recovery and independence
Using a strength-based model, the program builds on young adults’ potential to achieve their personal goals and highest level of independence while remaining in their community.
Provided by the Department of Children and Families Substance Abuse and Mental Health Office.