Resources to Support Transition and Mental Health

The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center

The Learning and Working Transitions RTC focuses on this at-risk population by conducting cutting-edge research on age appropriate programs that support education, training, and working during the transition to adulthood. We will develop the knowledge gained from this research and share it with service providers and policy makers so it can inform and ultimately impact policy and practice.

Publication: Scaling Stackable Credentials

This paper, produced by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), considers the policy and implementation of stackable credentials into career pathway systems in Kentucky, Oregon, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Interviews with state officials and staff from select community and technical colleges in these states offer insights about the best practices and challenges in developing stackable credentials.

Publication: Teens, Health, and Technology: A National Survey

This is a study of a nationally-representative sample of teens that documents teen internet use. It also documents teens' use of newer technologies for health, such as mobile apps, social networking sites, electronic gaming and wearable devices. This study examines how often teens use these tools, what topics they are most concerned with, how satisfied they are with the health information they get through these means and whether they have ever changed their behavior due to online or other digital health tools.

Transition to Independence Process

The mission of the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) system is to assist young people with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties (EBD) in making a successful transition to adulthood with all young persons achieving, within their potential, their goals in the transition domains of education, employment, living situation, and community life.

Children's Mental Health Network (CMHN)

The Children's Mental Health Network is a national alliance between communities, practitioners, families, agencies, alumni of system of care communities, and individuals that seek to share information, keep in touch, advocate for children's mental health issues, and offer experience-based consultation and education to those interested in promoting the concept of systems of care.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. For three decades, NAMI has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Dedication, steadfast commitment and unceasing belief in NAMI's mission by grassroots advocates have produced profound changes.

The Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood

The Network on the Transitions to Adulthood, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, examines the changing nature of early adulthood (ages 18-34), and the policies, programs, and institutions that support young people as they move into adulthood.

Healthy Transitions Initiative (HTI)

The Healthy Transitions Initiative is a cross-agency initiative aimed at addressing issues that youth and young adults encounter as they transition to adulthood. This initiative will create developmentally appropriate and effective youth guided local systems of care to improve outcomes in the areas of education, employment, housing, mental health and co-occurring disorders and decrease contacts with the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Reach Out

Reach Out is an information and support service using evidence based principles and technology to help teens and young adults facing tough times and struggling with mental health issues. All content is written by teens and young adults, for teens and young adults, to meet them where they are, and help them recognize their own strengths and use those strengths to overcome their difficulties and/or seek help if necessary.

Youth M.O.V.E. National

Youth M.O.V.E National is a youth led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

Mental Health Youth Bill of Rights

This Bill of Rights was created at the 2009 Portland National Youth Summit, an event sponsered by the Portland State University's Research and Traning Center on Family Supports and Children's Mental Health. At this event, 30 mental health service experienced youth gathered in Portland, OR.

Orygen Youth Health (OYH)

Orygen Youth Health (OYH) is Australia's largest youth-focused mental health program. OYH is working to improve the mental health and well-being of young people. Orygen Youth Health is also involved in a range of advocacy activities at the state, national and international levels in order to improve real-world clinical practice in mental health, to ensure that young people receive accessible, evidence based services and treatment.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

MHFA is program developed in 2001 with the aim to improve the mental health literacy of members of the Australian community. The program has solid evidence for its effectiveness from randomised controlled trials and qualitative studies. The MHFA Training and Research Program has been developed, evaluated and disseminated across Australia and internationally, and is currently delivered in over 15 other countries. MHFA currently operates under the auspices of the Orygen Youth Health Research Centre at the University of Melbourne.


StrengthofUs is an online community designed to empower young adults through resource sharing and peer support and to build connections for those navigating the unique challenges and opportunities in the transition-age years. StrengthofUs was developed by NAMI.

National Collaboration of Workforce and Disability (NCWD)

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth. NCWD/Youth offers a range of technical assistance services to state and local workforce investment boards, youth councils and other workforce development system youth programs.

PACER Center

The mission of PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.