Paving the Way*

Paving the Way
This position paper was written to help build consensus around the issues and solutions for transition-age youth served by the mental health system in Ohio. This consensus building process will generate an action plan to support seamless treatment and support services and improved outcomes for transition-age youth. The information provided in this paper is not conclusive, but rather is to be used as a tool for further discussion, research, and planning. Transition-age youth are adolescents and young adults who have a diagnosable mental illness that has led to impaired functioning in one or more life domains. Examples of life domains include housing, education and employment, functioning and life skills, quality of life, and others. Developmentally, transition-age youth are interdependent, seeking their own identity and independence while still partially dependent on the support of family members, caregivers, and service providers.