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Ann Marie T. Sullivan, M.D., Commissioner
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Transition Age Youth
Resources

This list has been complied to offer information and resources for young people transitioning to adulthood, their families and service providers.

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
    Young people who abuse alcohol and substances often experience an array of challenges, including academic difficulties, health-related problems (including mental health), poor peer relationships, and involvement with the juvenile justice system.
  • Applications for important documents and NYS Benefits
    Obtaining a driver's licenses, passports, social security cards, etc. can be a milestone for youth. The applications for these important documents are included, they are valuable resources.
    Included is an excellent benefit website, just submit your completed application and the Office of Temporary and Disability Services identifies the benefits in which you meet eligibility criteria. Benefits include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (SNAP) formerly known as food stamps, Home Energy and Assistance Program and many more benefits.
  • Communication Skills
    How to give and receive information clearly and effectively.
  • Criminal Justice
    Providing efficient and effective services and access to resources is critical for youth in the juvenile justice and criminal justice system.
  • Developmental Information
    People in the transitional stage of life have particular needs and it is important that providers have an understanding of this developmental stage.
  • Disability Disclosure
    Disability and Disability Disclosure is a very personal decision, a decision that takes thought and practice. Both young people with visible disabilities and those with hidden (not readily apparent to others) disabilities can benefit from accurate information on disclosure.
  • Finances
    Understanding money and how to use it is a fundamental life skill for everyone.
  • Healthcare and Wellness
    People transitioning to adulthood must learn how to be proactive about their health care and wellness. The following sites offer information and tools to assist in the transitions from pediatric care to adult healthcare. Includes wellness assessment tool and school wellness programs!
  • Housing Related Sites
    Transitioning youth need to learn how to seek out and maintain safe, stable, and affordable housing. Solid, stable housing provides a base from which to pursue life goals.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Questioning
    LGBTQ youth, need access to resources that respect and affirm their whole experience of self and that can help them navigate some of the challenges posed by social stigma and other factors.
  • Life Skills and Independent Living Services
    Life skills and independent living resources are necessary for an individual to become an independent adult. Independent Living Centers across NYS are included!
  • Mental Health
    Being a teenager is a challenge for every young person. In meeting the needs of youth living with mental health or behavioral health diagnoses, appropriate services and supports are critical to recovery.
  • Parenting Resources
    Offers helpful tips for parents of babies and young children as well as supportive resources when parenting with a mental illness.
  • Provider Support and Resources
    Information and supports for providers of services for young people transitioning to adulthood can be found in the following sites.
  • Relationships and Sexual Health
    It is important that young people be informed about their sexuality to be able to make responsible decisions about their behavior and sexual health.
  • Resilience/Recovery
    Real success stories from teens and young adults.
  • The Youth in Military Families
    Military life can be a source of psychological stress for youth. To effectively provide appropriate services to this population requires an understanding of the unique experiences of military youth.
  • What to do with my life; education and work sites
    For young people wishing to pursue an education and/or work, the following sites offer information on preparing for college life and how to find and keep employment while managing mental health disabilities.
  • Youth Culture and Technology
    Transition from childhood to adulthood in the context of our larger culture and explores opportunities they present themselves.
    • The youth in this video Leaving OMH site tells us about ‘Youth culture and technology’ in today’s world!
  • Youth Peer Advocacy
    Youth peer advocates can make a difference in engaging youth and empowering them to be full partners in their own care. As an integral part of a team, youth peer advocates keep it real for their team members and serve as a continuous reminder of the importance of staying strength based and youth guided.

Acknowledgements
The development of the Transition Age Youth Website was a collaborative project between The New York State Office of Mental Health and The Youth Power! Families Together in New York State.

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Office of Consumer Affairs.