Transitioning From Adolescence to Adulthood and the Need for Service Continuity (Chapter in Behavioral Health Special Population Workgroups White Papers. Edition 1.0).
Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.
Chapter in Book State Resource
Published: October 2013
This white paper explains that one of the major barriers to providing mental health service continuity to Nevada adolescents is the current practice of segmenting Nevada's mental health services into child/adolescent and adult service systems. It explains that many adolescents who complete treatment and/or who have reached the end of their youth treatment options (due to aging out of foster care by virtue of entering adulthood but still require mental health services) lack adequate access to services due to a bifurcated system in which there is no clear process for coordination between children and adult services and a transfer process that is not always understood or followed by the referring or accepting agencies. Proposed solutions are discussed and include: revise AVATAR so that when an adolescent transitions into adult services there is a way to also transition the records and be able to tack the individual for data collection purposes; create transition therapy groups to help prepare the adolescent for adulthood and navigating adult systems of care and assistance; beginning at about age 17 ½ of the youth, case management services need to be increased to assist with SSI/SSDI application, Section 8 housing options, supportive living arrangement (SLA) planning, and referrals and linkages to Vocational Rehabilitation, DETR, Medicaid, TANF, SNAP (food stamps), etc.; begin utilizing the Individual Placement & Support (IPS) model, a much more effective model than traditional approaches such as day treatment, sheltered employment, and conventional vocational rehabilitation services.
mental health services; foster adolescents; independent living skills; mental disorders; promising practices; continuity of care; Nevada