Workgroup Examines Needs of Transition Age Youth and Young Adults

OMHSAS, in collaboration with the children's committee of the Mental Health Planning Council, has developed a statewide workgroup to more closely examine the needs and system challenges of transition-age youth and youth adults (TAYYA). The purpose of the work group is to build on the cadre of innovative services and supports we have begun highlighting in webinars for TAYYA and to explore possible opportunities for system-wide replication. Several counties, behavioral health managed care organizations and providers are currently implementing various pilots for this population with much success and we would like to explore the approaches being used. At the first meeting of the workgroup in June, three priority areas were identified: regulatory barriers, transportation and housing issues, and community and natural supports for independent living. For more information, contact Doris Arena