The Ohio Healthy Transitions Project (OHTP) is a SAMHSA funded initiative to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults ages 16-25 with a serious emotional disturbance (SED) or a serious mental illness (SMI). Through a five-year grant awarded to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, OHTP is partnering with Wingspan Care Group, the nonprofit parent company of Bellefaire JCB, Applewood Centers Inc. and Lifeworks, to develop a culturally competent service continuum to bridge the gap between the youth and adult systems in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties.
Who can be referred?
• Transition Age Youth 16-25 living in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties with SED, SMI, or
co-occurring mental health and intellectual developmental disabilities
What will OHTP provide?
• A new way forward for youth to experience uninterrupted, seamless services,
achieve positive outcomes, and be set on healthy life trajectories
• Access to a continuum of life skills training – vocational, educational and socialemotional wellness – to enable youth to become healthy, productive adults
• Comprehensive Toolkit and Handbook informed by best practices for providers and
referral sources to guide individualized case management and treatment
Why is OHTP needed?
• Create increased awareness that Transition Age Youth are a
unique subpopulation requiring a system of their own to bridge
the gap between youth and adult services
• Foster service coordination and collaboration between youth
and adult systems
• Support psychosocial maturation in Transitional Aged Youth
• Achieve greater positive outcomes in young adults aging out of
the youth system