COMMUNITY-BASED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
The transition of becoming an adult while living with a mental health condition has unique and specific challenges, as mental health conditions often emerge during the life phase that bridges adolescence and adulthood. This is why our young adult services follow an innovative, strength-based model designed to support youth who are struggling with the ability to regulate their emotions, experience substance use challenges, experience homelessness or are at-risk of homelessness, or are experiencing their first episode with a mental health condition.
Most of our youth services are available to young adults between the ages of 14-25, who are eligible to receive support from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. However, our youth and young adult access centers, YouForward and YouthQuake, are self-referral and open to anyone between the ages of 14-25 having difficulty regulating their emotions or facing substance use or mental health challenges.
INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SERVICES
Our partnership with families is essential in supporting youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With a range of services including training, networking, assistance with applications and referrals, social opportunities, and community resource development, our staff offer supports throughout family life. Services are available through the Department of Developmental Services or by contacting the Family Support Center and Autism Support Center directly.
For school-age children and young adults, collaboration with families, school systems, and programs is important. Networks of support focus on giving families the tools needed to optimize the school years, time at home, and experiences within the community. Once an individual reaches teenage years, the Pre-Employment Transition Services can provide skill development to obtain and maintain employment.