Transition-Aged Youth Project
Transition age youth are at an exciting time in their life journey: they build identity and express individuality, learn to take meaningful risks, and discover more of their strengths as they navigate new terrain. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines Transition Age Youth (TAY) as youth and young adults ages 16-25.
For youth and families that have experience with the mental health system, this is also a time in one’s life that can represent uncertainty, as youth prepare to leave children’s services to either pursue a life in the community without formal support, or transition into adult services. It has been found that some 75% of serious behavioral health challenges such as bipolar and schizophrenia appear by the age of 18. An increasing amount of research also shows that previous or current exposure to traumatic experiences are associated with both mental health and substance use challenges, as well as delays in neurological development.
Via Hope TAY Initiatives and Activities
- Consulting and educational support to organizations that want to promote resilience in their work with youth and families;
- Conducting an Endorsement training for peer specialists that serve TAY to work more effectively with this population;
- Participating in National, State, and local initiatives that affect, or are specifically for TAY; and
- Assisting HHSC in defining and implementing a program to treat TAY needing intensive case management
To learn more about Via Hope’s youth and young adult initiatives and activities, please contact the Transition Age Youth Coordinator, Jessi Davis.