UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry



Document Type


Medical Subject Headings

Young Adult; Adolescent; Adolescent Health Services; Child; Child Health Services; Mental Disorders; Mental Health Services


Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


Summary: Recent publications and meetings highlight a great concern about the well-being of youth with serious emotional disturbance as they enter adulthood. The literature provides ample evidence that these young people struggle tremendously in meeting society’s expectations that they complete high school, get jobs, move out of the family home, become adult members of the community, and stay out of trouble. Testimonials from these youth and their families attest to the many challenges they face in achieving these goals. Unhappily one of the common challenges most often mentioned is an inadequate system response to their needs. Studies confirm that after age 16, and particularly after age 18, youth who have received significant supportive services often stop receiving these services. Furthermore, youth want many services but are unable to obtain them. Although numerous exemplary services have been developed for this population, these services appear to be offered on an extremely limited basis. This report summarizes findings from interviews with members of the Children, Youth and Families Division of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. These members were reporting on transition-related activities in their states, focusing on efforts by state child mental health systems.

Citation: Davis, M. (2001). State Efforts To Expand Transition Supports for Adolescents Receiving Public Mental Health Services. Alexandria, VA: National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.



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