Frequently Asked Questions:
What Is a System of Care?
Your Rights, Your Responsibilities
How Do I Get Help?
What is the Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act?
Since 2011, the Affordable Care Act has extended coverage and increased access to mental health and substance abuse services to more than 3 million previously uninsured young adults ages 19 to 25. To get more information on the Affordable Care Act and young adults, visit http://www.healthcare.gov/law/information-for-you/young-adults.html or http://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/pdf/proj4-healthCareFAQ.pdf (PDF - 5.74 MB) For more information on the Affordable Care Act and behavioral health services coverage, visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/young-adults/
FAQ: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Services and Supports for Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions (PDF - 5.74 MB) This FAQ was written to help advocates and concerned citizens ensure that the needs and priorities of young adults are addressed when the Affordable Care Act is implemented.
National Alliance on Mental Illness: StrengthofUs is an online community designed to empower young adults through resource sharing and peer support, and to build connections for those navigating the unique challenges and opportunities in the transition-age years.
On Our Own : Resources and a discussion board will help individuals gain independence and guide them through important life decisions, from where to live to where to work. Examples include:
- Preparing for unemployment if you're losing your job
- Sample budget
- What you need to know (about seeking employment)
- Aging out of foster care
- Financial tips for young adults
- Youth, disclosure, and the workplace
- If, When, and How to Disclose to an Employer That You Have a Mental Health Disability (PDF - 277 KB) This fact sheet helps young people with mental health conditions determine the best strategies for whether and how to disclose their conditions to an employer.
- Applying for a Job: (PDF - 530 KB) The Young Adults Guide (Northeast Massachusetts Community of Practice)
- My "Must Have" Papers (PDF - 391 KB) (Northeast Massachusetts Community of Practice)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI): What Happens to Your SSI When You Turn 18? (PDF - 307 KB)
- The Learning & Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (Transitions RTC) : The Transitions RTC is a national effort that aims to: Improve the supports for youth and young adults, ages 14-30, with serious mental health conditions who are trying to successfully complete their education and training and move into rewarding work lives.
- Research Training Center (RTC) for Pathways to Positive Futures : The RTC for Pathways to Positive Futures aims to improve the lives of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions through rigorous research and effective training and dissemination. The work is guided by the perspectives of young people and their families, and based in a positive development framework.
- Things People Never Told Me (PDF - 904 KB) This compilation of suggestions about finances, health care, employment, and relationships is aimed at equipping other youth leaving foster care with the necessary tools to become independent and successful adults.
- Strategic Sharing Workbook: Youth Voice in Advocacy (PDF - 858 KB) This workbook, produced by the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH) and Pathways RTC, is for individuals who have experienced traumatic life events and are interested in sharing their stories in an effort to promote change.
- Enhancing Career Development Engagement and Self-Determination for Young Adults with Mental Health Diagnoses (PDF - 206 KB) This report provides a literature review on self-determination and career development engagement for young adults with mental health diagnoses.
Taking Charge : Resources and a discussion board helps an individual find his or her inner strength. Examples include:
Campus Life : These resources and discussion board provide advice on making and keeping friends, dating, and building healthy, intimate relationships. Examples include:
Friends and Family : These resources and discussion board include tips on supporting friends and family members living with a mental health condition, and how to take care of personal needs, too.
Express Yourself : Offers space to share inspirational quotes, lyrics, or photos, or even original creations-drawings, poems, paintings, photographs, writings, or other inspirational material.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness' (NAMI) Life Under Construction Facebook group : The purpose of the Life Under Construction group is to provide a place for transition age youth (ages 14-21) whose lives are affected by mental illness to share ideas, concerns, and questions they have about planning their future. Learn how you can get involved in helping create a better mental health system for youth.
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): AAP has tips to promote social-emotional health among teens. (PDF - 167 KB).
- Youth M.O.V.E. National: Youth M.O.V.E. National is a youth-led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. To get involved with your local state chapter of Youth M.O.V.E., visit http://www.youthmovenational.org/chapters .
Substance Abuse: These resources provide advice about dealing with substance abuse and how to seek help.
Aging Out of Foster Care
- FosterClub Transition Club: More than 20,000 young people transition out of foster care every year. FosterClub's Transition Club can help youth get ready for success. (http://www.fosterclub.com )
- FosterClub created a poster listing the 21 things everyone should have when exiting foster care. Download the 21 things poster (PDF - 1.63 MB) or view the 21 things here.
- Higher Ed — Information about higher education, FAFSA, and more.
- Real Stories — Everyone in Foster Care has a story.
- Permanency Pact — FosterClub's new free tool designed to encourage life-long, kin-like connections between a young person and a supportive adult.
- FYI3 Publication — This binder provides a roadmap for youth to become more involved in their foster care plan.
Alumni Network for Systems of Care
American Association of Children's Residential Centers
American Association of School Administrators
American Counseling Association
American Dance Therapy Association
American Music Therapy Association
American School Counselor Association
American School Health Association
Big Brothers Big Sisters
The Center for Adoption Support and Education
The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Children's Mental Health Network
Forum for Youth Investment
The Jed Foundation
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
NALEO Educational Fund
National Assembly on School-Based Health Care
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
National Consortium for Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
National Fatherhood Initiative
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
Youth M.O.V.E. National