The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has received a four-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) to expand the system of care approach throughout Ohio for youth and young adults, ages 14 through 21 with mental health challenges, co-occurring disorders, and multi-system needs.

The Center for Innovative Practices received an award from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) to be the training and consultation resource for the implementation and dissemination of high quality Wrap Around across the state. CIP staff and consultants will work with OMHAS to develop and implement both the training for Wrap Around and the coaching and support that counties will need to achieve quality outcomes from the Wrap Around process.

Ohio Family and Children First is serving as a partner with OhioMHAS to implement this four-year grant called ENGAGE (Engaging the New Generation to Achieve their Goals through Empowerment). The goal is to develop a statewide system of care framework that coordinates and adapts policy, fiscal and administrative actions to support the successful transition of Ohio’s youth and young adults. Ohio has developed a four-year plan to expand the system of care framework statewide focused on youth and young adults.

Transition-age youth are adolescents and young adults (ages 14-25) 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, quality of life and functioning and life skills.

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. Best practices for serving transition-age youth incorporate the principles of recovery, resiliency and cultural competence. In addition, the overall care must be youth-guided and family-driven.

Funding Agency Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Additional Resources: Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS)National Network on Youth Transition (NNYT) for Behavioral Health