Teens and Young Adults

Transition Age YouthTeens and young adults face unique challenges as they move from childhood to adulthood and independence. There is help and support available to you as you navigate this time in your life.

Transition-Age Youth

The transition from adolescence to adulthood is a crucial stage of development in every person’s life.

People ages 14-25 who have a diagnosable mental illness that has led to challenges in life are an important group of people that behavioral health professionals call transition-age youth. Examples of life challenges may include housing, education and employment, quality of life and functioning. Transition-age youth are 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.