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Resources for Young Adults

Frequently Asked Questions:

What Is a System of Care?

Your Rights, Your Responsibilities

How Do I Get Help?

What is the Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act?

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. To get more information on the Affordable Care Act and young adults, visit http://www.healthcare.gov/law/information-for-you/young-adults.html Exit Disclaimer or http://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/pdf/proj4-healthCareFAQ.pdf Exit Disclaimer (PDF - 5.74 MB) For more information on the Affordable Care Act and behavioral health services coverage, visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/young-adults/ Exit Disclaimer

FAQ: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Services and Supports for Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions Exit Disclaimer (PDF - 5.74 MB) This FAQ was written to help advocates and concerned citizens ensure that the needs and priorities of young adults are addressed when the Affordable Care Act is implemented.


National Alliance on Mental Illness: StrengthofUs Exit Disclaimer is an online community designed to empower young adults through resource sharing and peer support, and to build connections for those navigating the unique challenges and opportunities in the transition-age years.

On Our Own Exit Disclaimer: Resources and a discussion board will help individuals gain independence and guide them through important life decisions, from where to live to where to work. Examples include:

Taking Charge Exit Disclaimer: Resources and a discussion board helps an individual find his or her inner strength. Examples include:

Campus Life Exit Disclaimer: These resources and discussion board provide advice on making and keeping friends, dating, and building healthy, intimate relationships. Examples include:

Friends and Family Exit Disclaimer: These resources and discussion board include tips on supporting friends and family members living with a mental health condition, and how to take care of personal needs, too.

Express Yourself Exit Disclaimer: Offers space to share inspirational quotes, lyrics, or photos, or even original creations-drawings, poems, paintings, photographs, writings, or other inspirational material.

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness' (NAMI) Life Under Construction Facebook group Exit Disclaimer: The purpose of the Life Under Construction group is to provide a place for transition age youth (ages 14-21) whose lives are affected by mental illness to share ideas, concerns, and questions they have about planning their future. Learn how you can get involved in helping create a better mental health system for youth.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): AAP has tips to promote social-emotional health among teens. Exit Disclaimer (PDF - 167 KB).
  • Youth M.O.V.E. National: Youth M.O.V.E. National is a youth-led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. To get involved with your local state chapter of Youth M.O.V.E., visit http://www.youthmovenational.org/chapters Exit Disclaimer.

Substance Abuse: These resources provide advice about dealing with substance abuse and how to seek help.

Aging Out of Foster Care

  • FosterClub Transition Club: More than 20,000 young people transition out of foster care every year. FosterClub's Transition Club can help youth get ready for success. (http://www.fosterclub.com Exit Disclaimer)
  • FosterClub created a poster listing the 21 things everyone should have when exiting foster care. Download the 21 things poster Exit Disclaimer (PDF - 1.63 MB) or view the 21 things here. Exit Disclaimer
  • Higher Ed Exit Disclaimer — Information about higher education, FAFSA, and more.
  • Real Stories Exit Disclaimer — Everyone in Foster Care has a story.
  • Permanency Pact Exit Disclaimer — FosterClub's new free tool designed to encourage life-long, kin-like connections between a young person and a supportive adult.
  • FYI3 Publication Exit Disclaimer — This binder provides a roadmap for youth to become more involved in their foster care plan.

Collaborating Organizations


Alumni Network for Systems of Care Exit Disclaimer
American Association of Children's Residential Centers Exit Disclaimer
American Association of School Administrators Exit Disclaimer
American Counseling Association Exit Disclaimer
American Dance Therapy Association Exit Disclaimer
American Music Therapy Association Exit Disclaimer
American School Counselor Association Exit Disclaimer
American School Health Association Exit Disclaimer
Big Brothers Big Sisters Exit Disclaimer
The Center for Adoption Support and Education Exit Disclaimer
The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools Exit Disclaimer
Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Exit Disclaimer
Children's Mental Health Network Exit Disclaimer
Forum for Youth Investment Exit Disclaimer
The Jed Foundation Exit Disclaimer
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Exit Disclaimer
NALEO Educational Fund Exit Disclaimer
National Assembly on School-Based Health Care Exit Disclaimer
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Exit Disclaimer
National Consortium for Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services Exit Disclaimer
National Fatherhood Initiative Exit Disclaimer
Operation Homefront Exit Disclaimer
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Exit Disclaimer
Youth M.O.V.E. National Exit Disclaimer

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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