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.