Healthy Transitions

Now is the Time

To improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults ages 16-25 that either have, or are at risk of, developing a serious mental health condition.

Healthy Transitions Grant

Washington County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services is excited to participate in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) “Now Is the Time:  Healthy Transitions” Grant.  This is a five year grant designed to improve the lives of transition age youth and young adults in our county.

The grant is designed to promote awareness and early identification of individuals ages 16-25 with, or at risk of, serious mental health conditions, and to improve access to a broad array of effective and integrated services and supports for transition age youth and young adults.

Common Needs of PA Youth

Secure and maintain housing.
Acquire life skills to live independently.
Obtain resources for transportation.
Complete high school and post-secondary education.
Develop job skills.
Establish family support.
Access services and supports with expertise in the unique developmental and cultural needs of transition age youth.

Areas to be Improved

Transition age youth and young adults with, or at risk of, serious mental illness (SMI) are in need of….
Early identification.
A voice in what they want/need.
Support to navigate adult systems.
Access to services and supports allowing youth to live a meaningful life.

Goals of the Grant

Increase awareness about early indicators or signs and symptoms for serious mental health conditions.
Provide community members with the knowledge and strategies to assist when a youth mental health concern arises.
Increase youth engagement and access to services.
Improve the effectiveness of services and supports and increase utilization of evidence-based practices.
Develop best practices that can be replicated across  the Commonwealth.  

Washington County Activities

Facilitate an Advisory Panel comprised of various stakeholders to guide decision-making.
Conduct mental health awareness events for the community.
Train for prevention and intervention.
Assess needs across the county.
Screen youth to identify those at risk.
Offer opportunities to engage youth in the development of culturally appropriate services and supports.
Develop best practice guidelines for transition age youth.
Enhance coordination of care for youth through the Transition Age Care Coordinator position.
Provide Peer Mentors for youth.
Maintain Refresh, an expansion of the Common Ground Teen Center, a place where youth can belong and grow.
Connect youth with supported employment programming.
Development of Certified Peer Specialist and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs for youth and young adults.
Implementation of Cognitive Enhancement Therapy for the treatment of First Episode Psychosis.

Participation of youth and family members is essential to creating healthy transitions. All other community members, providers and stakeholders are encouraged to participate as well!

Get Involved

Join our Advisory Panel.
 Share your ideas.

Together we can make a difference.

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Pennsylvania Statistics

1,763,000 (14%) of individuals in PA are between 16-25 years old.
300,000 (17%) of transition age youth in PA have a serious mental illness.
125,000 transition age youth in PA have both a serious mental illness and a substance abuse disorder.
67,000 transition age youth in PA are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
Young adults are less likely to access services than people age 26 or older.
66% of transition age youth with serious mental illness in PA are not receiving services.

Contact Information

Washington County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
100 West Beau Street
Suite 302
Washington, PA 15301
Phone: 724-228-6832
Fax: 724-250-4146
Email: Mary Jo Patrick-Hatfield or Perri Greco.

This page was developed [in part] under grant number SM061250 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 
The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.