The late teen and early adulthood years are frequently when symptoms of severe mental illness first manifest, but far too often, it isn’t until much later that people start receiving treatment.
Two mental health programs being developed in Children’s Services are the Early Onset Program and Youth STAR Program. Both programs are dedicated to making sure that eligible 16- to 21-year-old Transitional Age Youth (TAY) get treatment sooner rather than later.
Through Early Onset, which is funded by the Mental Health Services Act, Chambers works with TAY who have had very early signs of psychosis, but still have awareness and insight into the symptoms. In addition to counseling and peer-led support groups, Chambers’ clients also develop recovery action plans that help them identify triggers and ways to make themselves feel better.
A Youth STAR Team clinician works with TAY who have more severe symptoms and need a higher level of care. These clients often require medication and counseling, but life skills and enrichment activities are also incorporated.
For more information about these services, contact Leah Shuffleton.
Youth mental health services
Mental Health Services Act