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Access for young adults with disabilities
Mental Health Edition
TUESDAY MAY 11, 2017
We’ve dedicated this month’s edition of Access to mental and behavioral health. Mental health is often overlooked in both the medical and disability worlds, and finding the right support is an essential part of a young adults’ overall wellbeing.

We've included a wide range of resources below, including two new ones from NYS Transition Partners. Also, be sure to check out our upcoming mental health-themed Learning Community on May 10.

For more information about your own or your young person’s mental health, please email us and we will be happy to help answer any questions you might have.

Mental Health and Transition Age Youth

Young people with disabilities face many challenges when they age out of the public education and youth service systems. There are fewer resources, less available support, and proper diagnosis and treatment become even more difficult for adults.

This webinar will explore the topic of mental health for transition-aged youth, share related resources, and provide next steps.

Ten transition tips for young people with behavioral health challenges in NYS
Guide to finding helpful resources for NYS families of teens and young adults with behavioral health challenges

Local Resources

Find mental health resources in your community
Find a mental health program in NYS

Substance Abuse

Learn about substance abuse
Build a foundation for recovery in NYS

Transition Resources

Mental health resources for transition age youth
NYS Multiple Systems Navigator, transition to adulthood
Transition and youth services
How to use ACCES-VR transition services
Guide for transition-age youth

Family Support and Resources

Regional Parent Advisors directories
Find your local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) office

Support for Serious Behavioral Health and Psychiatric Disabilities

Intensive and coordinated mental health services providers
Application for NYS Children’s Single Point of Access

Self-advocacy Resources for Young Adults

Youth Power


Lindsay Holmes
Lindsay Holmes is the Huffington Post’s Deputy Healthy Living Editor, and her writing focuses on mental health and emotional wellness.

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Bilingual “Creating a Life after High School” program

Information on living, learning, earning and recreation opportunities available for students after they leave high school, age 15-21, living at home, residing in Monroe County and who have DDRO eligibility.
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