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Presented at the 22nd Annual Research Conference

Massachusetts’ Transition Age Youth Initiative: What We Have Done, Where We Are Heading

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Session Number: 2000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Joan Mikula; Ann Capoccia; Evelyn Frankford

All Authors for this paper: Joan Mikula; Ann Capoccia; Evelyn Frankford

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: Over the last three years, the Massachusetts (MA) Department of Mental Health (DMH) has developed a Statewide Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Initiative that addresses the needs of youth and young adults with serious mental health needs. MA DMH now deploys resources based on three years of legislative appropriations to implement new initiatives in every area of the state to improve services for the transition age population (16-25), based on the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) framework: housing services, education and vocational services, career and employment services, community rehabilitation support, youth centers, clubhouses, flexible support and wraparound services, youth development and family support, and peer mentoring. DMH redesigned supported housing, supported employment, and case management to better appeal to this group and created a statewide system of supports that also includes community wraparound services, specialized treatment and peer mentoring.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Session Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM