Improving Health And Wellness
The Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative is a partnership of state and local community agencies and youth led organizations. Healthy Transitions works together to assist Tennessee youth and young adults, ages 16-25, who have or are at risk of developing a serious mental health condition or co-occurring disorder. This is done through improving their health and wellness, leading self-directed lives, and reaching their full potential. The Initiative aims to keep youth and young adults from “falling through the cracks,” by increasing public awareness, outreach, and providing effective and engaging services and supports.
This statewide initiative provides both formal and informal mental health and support services such as:
• Supported Employment and Education
• Care Coordination
• Peer Support
• Support Groups
• Young Adult Leadership Councils
Informal support is offered in Young Adult Leadership Councils, which are comprised of youth and young adults (ages 16-25 years old). These councils provide a safe space for youth and young adults to develop leadership and advocacy skills, explore and create plans to address community issues, and learn how to create change within their communities and state.
TN Healthy Transitions Initiative Vision
Young adults drive change, communities collaborate, mindsets shift, and services and supports lead to success for young adults and communities across Tennessee.
State Mission of the Healthy Transitions Initiative
Tennessee learns from young adults and Local Laboratories to support, replicate, and sustain coordinated statewide systems for young adults.
Services and supports offered through the TN Healthy Transitions Initiative
- Care Coordination
- Supported Employment and Education
- Peer Support
- Support Groups
- Young Adult Leadership Councils
Direct services and supports are provided by Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System in Hamilton County and by Carey Counseling Center, Inc. in the following counties: Benton, Carroll, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley. Centerstone Research Institute coordinates evaluation activities.
SAMHSA And TDMHSAS
The Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is administered by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS).