Planning & Evaluation Services for OhioMHAS Transition Age Youth Project
Ohio is engaged in a cooperative agreement with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). States have been asked to develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan to improve treatment for transitional-aged youth (ages 16-25) with substance-use disorders (SUD) and or co-occurring substance-use and mental health disorders. The plan is designed to ensure that youth have access to evidence-based assessments, treatment models and recovery services by strengthening the existing infrastructure. The process is designed to bring together stakeholders across the systems serving transitional-aged youth to plan and implement a coordinated statewide network that develops policies, expands workforce capacity, disseminates evidence-based practices, and implements financial mechanisms and other reforms. The aim is to improve the integration and efficiency of the treatment and recovery support system.
We are managing this collaborative effort via facilitation of a formal decision-making process supported by several functions including leadership, community involvement, generation of pertinent information and data, community investment in programs and services, and meaningful evaluation. We facilitate the Ohio Interagency Council for Youth efforts designed to support development of recommendations for changes in policy, programming, and workforce preparedness and recommendations to leverage or realign funds to support integrated, comprehensive behavioral health approaches to ensure equal access to behavioral health of all Ohio transition-age youth.