Youth/Transition Age/Young Adults
Anyone over age 18 may receive adult-oriented services in Montgomery County. However, the period between aging-out of the school system and entering adulthood can be challenging, and may require a more unique and targeted set of services for people with mental health challenges.
The following list of services is available to transition-age youth; the specific age ranges for each program can be found below. Anyone interested in these programs should contact either their local case management office or the program itself for more information.
Peer Support Services for TAY (Transition Age Youth)
Peer Support Services for young people are provided by Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) who have lived experience with mental health and related challenges. CPS are individuals trained to share their own stories of recovery and resiliency. They engage and inspire Transition Age Youth (TAY), ages 14-26, to plan for what is important to them in their everyday life.
How can Peer Support Services help?
With the key concepts of hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy, and support, a CPS will work with the young person in developing their own Individualized Service Plan (ISP) and Crisis-Plan. The CPS will help the young person identify community resources, develop organizational skills for daily living, and help plan around social supports. With permission of the young person, CPS will work together with family members and natural/community/professional supports to advance and overcome obstacles and the societal stigmas that often come with the labels of serious mental illness or emotional disturbance. CPS meet Young People where they are most comfortable, in their home or community. For more information, call Child and Family Focus at 215-957-9771 or visit their website.
Transition to Independence Program (TOP)
The TIP model is an evidence-supported practice that demonstrates improvement in real-life outcomes and futures planning for youth and young adults (ages 16-25). TIP works to engage and support young people in their own futures planning process across five transition domains: Educational Opportunities, Living Situation, Employment and Career, Community Life Functioning, and Personal Effectiveness and Wellbeing. For more information, call Central Behavioral Health at 610-277-4600.
Trail Guides is a peer mentoring program for young adults (ages 18 to 26) with a severe mental health diagnosis residing in Montgomery County. The program helps young people choose paths that lead to productive lives and avoid more serious behavioral challenges. For more information, call the Mental Health Association at 267-507-3496.
YALE (Young Adult Learning Environment) is a full care community rehabilitation residence (CRR) providing 24/7 support to assist young adults (ages 18-22) in gaining the independent living skills necessary to move into adulthood.
Student Assistance Program
This program identifies students who are at high risk due to problems with, drug or alcohol use, depression, or other mental health problems.
School staff members are trained to identify these students, and may refer them to community services. These services are available in most school districts in the county. You may use this service by contacting one of the following:
- The program coordinator through the local case management office, or
- The program liaison in your child’s school.
Teen Talk Line
(866) 825-5856, or text (215) 703-8411
This is a “warm” line for youth to talk about things with someone their own age. There are no topics that are off limits, and all calls are private. The warm line is there so youth never feel alone, and so that there is always someone ready to listen. If the caller is experiencing a crisis, they will be connected to the Crisis Hotline for assistance.
Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment (MY LIFE) is a youth leadership group made up of youth between ages 13-23, who have experience with mental health challenges, substance abuse, juvenile justice, or foster care.
Founded in Arizona in 2008, MY LIFE focuses on important issues affecting youth through regular meetings, special events, presentations, and performances.
Services are also available for: