Healthy Transitions

North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services

Healthy Transitions Project:

Improving the Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults

Overview

The North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services proposed to implement a coordinated system of outreach, assessment, and care coordination integrating youth peer partners to improve access to treatment and support services for transitional age youth ages 16-25 who have a serious emotional disturbance (SED) or serious mental illness (SMI).

Funding and Context

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) awarded a grant for a 5-year funding cycle. The overall goal of the Healthy Transitions Initiative is to provide developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically competent services and supports to address serious mental health disorders among youth and young adults 16-25 years of age. Youth and young adults with SED or SMI may have the following challenges:
• Dropped out of school/Truancy
• Unemployment
• Homelessness
• Juvenile or Criminal Justice System involvement
• Hospitalization
Unfortunately, these same youth and young adults are among the least likely to seek help and most likely to “fall through the cracks.”

Partner Local Communities

North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services selected two communities in Western North Carolina to explore the best methods to provide coordinated outreach, assessment, and care coordination. Due to the high levels of resources in these communities, this partnership with the state could eventually develop into a statewide model.
• Henderson County
• Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Goals and Outcomes

It is expected that this project will improve emotional and behavioral health functioning so that this population of youth and young adults can maximize their potential to assume adult roles and responsibilities and lead full and productive lives.
The North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services has the following goals for the Healthy Transitions Project:
• Increase the capacity of the selected communities to identify mental health symptoms in young people.
• Increase the number of young people 16-25 years old who are assessed for serious emotional disturbance or serious mental illness.
• Increase the number of young people who are recommended for behavioral health services who attend at least one behavioral health session.
• Increase the capacity of the youth and young adults to fully participate in their own treatment and supports planning.
• Increase peer support for family/caregivers who are assisting their emerging adults with mental health symptoms navigate the developmental transition tasks and systems
• Increase capacity of selected providers to assess, refer, and provide services for identified youth
• Sustainability

State Healthy Transitions Contract Administrator:

Petra Mozzetti, MA, LPC-S

NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services

Phone:  (919) 715-2445  ·  Email:  petra.mozzetti@dhhs.nc.gov

Local Healthy Transitions Project Director:

Kate Perrotta, LCSW, CCM

Phone:  (828) 713-7280  ·  Email:  k_perrot@uncg.edu

North Carolina Families United · Youth Transition Director

Rachael Landau

Phone: (919) 417-9407  ·  Email:  rlandau@ncfamiliesunited.org

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