Youth ACT

Youth ACT is an intensive rehabilitative mental health service for youth and young adults ages 16 to 20 who are suffering from severe mental illness and/or co-occurring disorder.  The program helps the youth navigate the transition from children’s mental health services to adult services. The program is an inclusive team model that works on coordinating multiple services in the area of mental health, school/employment, housing, family, and physical health services.

To be eligible, youth must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between ages 16-20
  • Be on Medical Assistance
  • Carry a diagnosis of serious mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and a substance abuse addiction.

Once referred, a Youth ACT clinician will determine if the client meets the following additional criteria:

  • has a level of care determination for “intensive integrated intervention without 24-hour medical monitoring” and a need for extensive collaboration among multiple partners
  • has a functional impairment and a history of difficulty functioning safely and successfully in the community, school, home, or job or likely to need services from the adult mental health system within the next two years
  • has a recent diagnostic assessment that documents the medical necessity of Youth ACT

Services are delivered in a team treatment model. The team includes, at a minimum: psychiatrist or nurse practitioner, licensed mental health professional, licensed alcohol and drug counselor, peer specialist.

Services provided by the treatment team will include:

  • Individual family and group psychotherapy
  • Individual, family, and group skills training
  • Crisis assistance
  • Medication management
  • Mental health case management
  • Medication education
  • Care coordination
  • Psycho-education of, and consultation and coordination with, the client’s support network
  • Clinical consultation to the client’s employer or school
  • Coordination with, or performance of, crisis intervention and stabilization services
  • Assessment of client’s treatment progress and effectiveness of services
  • Transition services
  • Integrated dual disorders treatment
  • Housing access support
To make a referral or find out more information about this program, please contact the clinician at 507-453-9563 ext. 1140