Washington State Healthy Transitions Project: Findings from the Impact Evaluation

Apr 2024 |
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The Washington State Healthy Transitions Project (HTP) provided community-based, recovery-oriented care for transition-age youth and young adults (TAY) ages 16 to 25 who experienced serious emotional disturbance or serious mental illness. Funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) from 2019 through 2023 and administered by the Washington State Health Care Authority, the program was designed to improve emotional and behavioral health functioning and to develop and refine an innovative, community-based, recovery-oriented model. This report describes the participants, services, and outcomes of the program, as implemented by four community-based provider sites in Washington State. We found that TAY who participated in HTP reported increased rates of functioning in everyday life and retention in the community, and that they were more engaged in outpatient mental health treatment services as compared to peers not enrolled in the program.

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