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Transition-Age Youth
Transition-age youth are adolescents and young adults (ages 14-25) who have a diagnosable mental illness that has led to impaired functioning in one or more life domains. Examples of life domains include housing, education and employment, quality of life and functioning and life skills. Developmentally, transition-age youth are interdependent, seeking their own identity and independence, while still partially dependent on the support of family members, caregivers and service providers. Best practices for serving transition-age youth incorporate the principles of recovery, resiliency and cultural competence. In addition, the overall care must be youth-guided and family-driven.
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Engaging the New Generation to Achieve Goals through Empowerment (ENGAGE )
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) received a four-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) to expand the system of care approach throughout Ohio for youth and young adults, ages 14 through 21 with mental health challenges, co-occurring disorders, and multi-system needs. Ohio Family and Children First is working with OhioMHAS to implement this grant called ENGAGE (Engaging the New Generation to Achieve their Goals through Empowerment). The goal is to develop a framework that coordinates and adapts policy, fiscal and administrative actions to support the successful transition of Ohio’s youth and young adults. Ohio has developed a four-year plan to expand this system of care framework statewide.
Strong Families, Safe Communities
Strong Families, Safe Communities is an initiative of OhioMHAS and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to identify families with at-risk youth and help them find resources before a crisis occurs. The project engages local systems to identify community-driven solutions that highlight collaboration across agencies to develop the best possible outcomes for these families.
Transition to Independence Process
The Transition to Independence Process (TIP) System model is an evidence based practice that has been developed to assist young people with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties in making a successful transition to adulthood. This model promotes young persons achieving, within their potential, their goals in the transition domains of education, employment, living situation, and community life.
Youth and Young Adults in Transition Links
The Youth and Young Adults in Transition links page provides access to related resource documents, publications and articles, grant/funding information and reports.

During 2009, the Transformation State Incentive Grant (TSIG) Access to Better Care/System of Care workgroup focused on gathering feedback and advice from youth, young adults in transition, their families and caregivers, community providers, statewide organizations and other stakeholders from throughout Ohio to identify supports and linkages that would improve service delivery. This work was guided by the TIP System.

The workgroup focused on promoting the benefits of youth inclusion, and youth involvement in all of the systems that they intersect. Below are some of the guidelines and related documents that were developed.