Clinicians in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) who work with transition age youth are now better equipped to help their clients move from youth mental health and/or addiction services into adult mental health and/or addiction services.
Developed by the KFL&A Service Collaborative with the help of the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Youth Transitioning Protocol (The YTP) defines and clarifies the preferred clinical transition pathway from child and youth services into adult services. The YTP is for youth who are:
- between 16 to24 years old;
- experiencing mental health and/or addiction issues;
- require specialized, complex care; and
- transitioning between services.
The KFL&A Service Collaborative hosted four orientation sessions in October, 2015, for clinical staff who work with youth and young adults in the area.¬† A total of 140 clinicians learned about the YTP and how it will assist them in their work with youth.¬† All in attendance met with and heard from clinical staff who have been using the YTP for the last year, while helping to implement the new protocol into their agencies.
The content, facilitation, and relevance of the orientation sessions were well received by participants. They also appreciated the opportunity to network. Of the 89 who completed the feedback form, 80% agreed that the YTP will be relevant to their work, and 48% indicated that it will alter their practice with transition age youth. Participants‚Äô comments emphasized the anticipated benefits of the protocol. One participant described YTP as an ‚ÄúExcellent structure to provide clinicians and youth the direction they need.‚ÄĚ
For a community perspective on using the YTP, click here.
With implementation support from the local CAMH team, the next phase of the project includes helping service providers and their agencies explore and discover the best ways to implement and use the YTP in their work with transition age youth.