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Transitions RTC

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This report focuses on a critical area of mental health policy – how to assist youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions with improved prospects for successful independent living and economic security through education, job training and community services and supports. It identifies and discusses the array of federal programs that can be deployed to help these individuals through the transition into adulthood; includes recommendations on how state and local policymakers can make the best use of these programs; and suggests changes that should be made to make them more accessible and more effective.

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Transition Age Youth


TAY, Federal Programs, Transition Age Youth and Young Adults, Youth with SMHC

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© Copyright 2013 Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington DC. Reproduction is permitted for noncommercial educational and advocacy purposes only, provided that attribution is included per the recommended citation.



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Chris Koyanagi, Elaine Alfano, and Transitions Research and Training Center