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How Do I Get Help?

Meeting your mental health needs and helping your family come first. When you add in the stress of everyday life, things can get complicated. Through a system of care you and your family will have a full set of service options that will be specific to the community in which you live, work, or go to school.

Each community is different, so the specific services available to you may vary from what is listed below. Among the services that systems of care may provide are:

  • Care management that helps systems like mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare, and education work together to support your needs;
  • A care plan that is individualized just for you;
  • Services provided within your community in a clinic, office, home, school, primary health or behavioral health clinic, or other appropriate comfortable locations;
  • Respite care that will give you and your family some needed safe time and space apart from each other;
  • Therapeutic activities that celebrate your culture;
  • Assistance in making the transition from services received as a child and teen to the services available as a young adult;
  • Family advocacy and peer support services delivered by trained family and youth advocates.

It is also important to know that since 2011, the Affordable Care Act has extended coverage and increased access to mental health and substance abuse services to more than 3 million previously uninsured young adults ages 19 to 25.


If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs to talk, please call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

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