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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

Our vision is to ensure every young adult across Tennessee has access to community-based mental health, emotional wellness, and behavioral health services. Our goal is to work within Tennessee's system of care to support the unique individualized needs of young adults. We aim to empower and equip young adults with the tools to become the primary decision-makers of their lives and their mental health journey.

State Mission of the Healthy Transitions Initiative

In Tennessee, we aim to learn from young adults and Local Laboratories to support, replicate, and sustain coordinated statewide systems. We believe young adults drive change. Our goal is to increase support for young adults across Tennessee by continued community collaboration and systemic paradigm shift, which leads to success for the young person and our Tennessee communities.

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

Direct services and supports are provided by Mental Health Cooperative in Davidson County and Frontier Health servicing Greene County.

Public Awareness

The Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative works to provide a statewide effort to increase Tennesseans' knowledge about issues that affect youth and young adults. We aim to deliver public awareness and provide resources of services and supports available to youth and young adults across Tennessee. Healthy Transitions collaborates with Tennessee Voices for Children to coordinate and provide technical assistance for public awareness activities.


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). .


If you or someone you know is in a medical or life-threatening crisis right now, get help quickly.

  • Call your doctor
  • Call 911 for emergency services
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room
  • Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (1.800.273.8255) TTY: 1.800.799.4TTY (4889)
  • Call Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line at 1.855.274.7471


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative, please contact:

Tennessee Department of Mental Health And Substance Abuse Office of Children and Youth Mental Health

Phone: 615-878-0043