TN Healthy Transitions

This Initiative aims to assist Tennessee youth and young adults ages 16-25 from falling through the cracks.

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About The Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative

The Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative is a partnership of state and local community agencies and youth led organizations working together to assist Tennessee youth and young adults ages 16-25 who have or at risk of developing a serious mental health condition or co-occurring disorder in improving their health and wellness, leading self-directed lives, and reaching their full potential. By increasing public awareness and outreach efforts and providing effective and engaging services and supports, the Initiative aims to keep youth and young adults from “falling through the cracks.”

Healthy Transitions utilizes the system of care core values to provide youth/young adults (16-25 years old) with developmentally appropriate, non-stigmatizing, culturally sound services and supports. The Healthy Transitions approach attempts to engage youth/young adults, their families, and other necessary partners in a collaborative process that propels them toward greater independence and achievement of their goals as they navigate their transition into adulthood

Direct services and supports are provided by Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System in Hamilton County and by Carey Counseling Center, Inc. in the following counties: Benton, Carroll, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley. Centerstone Research Institute coordinates evaluation activities.

The Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative is funded by the SAMHSA (SAMHSA) and is administered by the TDMHSAS (TDMHSAS).

Healthy Transitions Service Goals:

  • Establish and maintain a comprehensive continuum of care
  • Provide youth-guided, youth-driven, and culturally competent services
  • Increase public awareness
  • Expand and enhance the array of specialized services within the two target areas (7 rural Northwest TN Counties and 1 urban East TN County)
  • Create an increase in accessibility and engagement in Mental Health services

This project is funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health Substance and Abuse Services.

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