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Planning Mental Health Services for Young Adults - Improving Transition A Resource for Health and Social Care Commissioners

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Steve Appleton; Kathryn Pugh
Date Published
March 2011
40 pages
This guide from the National Health Service in the United Kingdom provides information for health care professionals and government officials in their efforts to plan, review, and deliver mental health services for adults and young people.
This guide is intended to improve the delivery of mental health services for young people who are transitioning out of child and adolescent mental health services in the United Kingdom to adult services. The guide is intended for use by mental health professionals, government officials, local authorities, youth workers and other stakeholders who are responsible for planning, reviewing, and delivering mental health services to young people and adults. The guide has five main sections. The first section discusses the purpose of the guide and the need for its development, while the second section identifies the young people in transition between the two systems and discusses the challenges that they face during transition. These challenges include timing, training of professionals involved in the two systems, poor intra-agency coordination, lack of institutional support, and lack of appropriate adult specialists. The third section of the guide offers a summary of legislative and policy guidance that has been developed to improve young people's experience of transition. The fourth section offers practical tips and a list of resources for use by health commissioners to improve the transition process by improving the environment in which they operate, while the final section of the guide summarizes the need for improving young people's transition experiences. Appendixes and resources