Successful transition for young people with a history of mental health needs and/or substance abuse is characterized by services that are:
- coordinated to ensure that schools, communities, agencies, child welfare, juvenile justice, and others work together;
- personalized and tailored to the individual needs of children and youth;
- culturally and linguistically competent to address unmet needs, such as those faced by youth of color and English language learners;
- based on best practices and research regarding developmentally appropriate interventions and treatments; and
- child- and family-centered, involving relevant family members and caregivers where possible.1
In order to effectively support young people with a history of mental health needs, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders, therapeutic services provided by appropriately trained professionals must be available. Coupled with personalized transition planning, these supports can be the catalyst for a successful transition to adulthood.
1 National Center for Children in Poverty, 2006