Transition Age Youth Services: Low or No Barrier
STEPS: Young Adult Resource Center
12 Prescott Street Arlington, MA 02474
- A peer supported, safe, non-judgmental place to have fun and receive support in a welcoming environment. They create a community focused on meeting young adult’s needs, goals, and dreams. STEPS also assists others in navigating their way through life, while offering opportunities for vocational, educational and social development.
- Members: Young adults ages 18-25
Transition Resources and Community Supports (T.R.A.C.S.)
460 Quincy Ave. Quincy, MA 02169
- TRACS offers multiple opportunities for young adults and their families to receive support and establish meaning, connection and purpose in their lives. TRACS focuses on aspects of young adults' lives that are easily overlooked such as relationships, wellness, spirituality, family, employment, recreation and more. Peer mentors offer their firsthand experiences of living with and overcoming mental health issues to support and assist the young adults they are teamed up with on their road to recovery.
- Members: Young adults ages 16-25 who experience mental health or co- occurring mental health and substance use issues and who live in one of the following areas:
- South Shore Mental Health’s TRACS program is available to young adults in Braintree, Canton, Cohasset, Dedham, Foxboro, Hingham, Hull, Medfield, Millis, Milton, Needham, Newton, Norfolk, Norwell, Norwood, Plainville, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, Sharon, Walpole, Wellesley, Weston, Westwood, Weymouth, and Wrentham.
- Note: Young adults do not need to be eligible for services from the Department of Mental Health to be eligible for TRACS.
TEMPO: Young Adult Resource Center
68 Henry Street Framingham, MA 01701
- Tempo is a drop in resource center for young adults. Their diverse staff use a youth-centered planning process that helps young adults develop goals, and provides the tools they need.
- Members: All young adults ages 17-24
Recovery Learning Communities (RLCs)
- RLCs are consumer-run networks of self-help/peer support, information and referral, advocacy and training activities. They offer peer support and dual recovery groups. RLCs create significant culture change that shifts the focus on symptom management to a focus on promoting recovery, resilience and wellness.
- Members: Individuals of any age with a mental illness
- For more information follow the link and then search for Recovery Learning Communities. https://www.mass.gov/service-details/recovery-learning-communities
Employment Options, Inc.
82 Brigham Street Marlborough, MA 01752
- Employment Options creates a home-away-from-home, where people can overcome barriers to employment and discover personal growth, self- sufficiency, and hope. Their Workforce Development program provides education, training and supports to low-wage workers and unemployed families seeking employment or advancement in the health care field. Their Family Initiatives program offers services such as the Young Parents Support Service, and Family Options, which include family coaching, peer support, and wraparound family teams for parents and children who experience emotional and/or behavioral disorders.
Zia Young Adult Access Center
209 Shrewsbury Street 4 Mann Street
Worcester, MA 01604 Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 751-9600 (508) 755-0333
- The Zia Young Adult Access Center & Advocacy Network prioritizes youth autonomy, liberation and support. Our concentrations are to support young adults who express and self-identify with different human experiences (societal and/or social class impacts like trauma, mental health and substance use)
- We offer support and advocacy for young adults ages 16-22.
- We require no registration, referral or health insurance all of our supports are free of cost and are intended to be accessible.
- We offer youth-held and peer-run, community spaces, groups and events.
- We offer self-determined resource connections (education, employment, family support and more!)
Impact Youth Access Center
41 Taylor Street
Springfield, MA 01103
- The Impact Center offers services for youth 16-21 who are experiencing, or at risk of, mental health and/or substance use concerns in a friendly relaxed space.Connect to resources for jobs, housing, education, and more. Meet great people, find support!
YouForward Lawrence Drop-In Center:
15 Union St., Suite 80, Entrance B Lawrence, MA
YouForward Haverhill Drop-In Center:
81 Winter St., Haverhill
YouForward supports young adults ages 16 to 25 in
Lawrence and Haverhill who are experiencing mental health challenges.
Other Transition Age Youth Services
Young Adult Vocational Program (YAVP)
60 Lowell Street, 2nd floor Arlington, MA 02476
- A transitional program that provides daily structure for young adults with psychiatric disabilities. They help build pre-vocational, vocational, and educational skills, as well as daily life skills as they relate to work or school.
- YAVP has a peer mentoring project designed to help young adults.
- Members: Ages 16-25 that have been referred to YAVP by the Department of Mental Health
“The Spot” Young Adult Center
76 Amory Street Roxbury, MA 02119
- The Spot provides the structure for young adults experiencing mental illness to choose their own path to recovery. It is a place for young adults to receive services and support with Accessing benefits, Motivation, Friendships, Self- esteem, Independent Living, Education, Leadership, Employment, Coaching, Community Connections, Psychiatric services, and Individual Counseling.
- Members: Individuals ages 16-25
CEDAR Clinic: Center for Early Detection, Assessment and Response to Risk
Massachusetts Mental Health Center 75 Fenway Road Boston, MA 02115
- The CEDAR clinic helps young people and their families understand recent changes in thoughts, feelings or behavior, consider treatment options, stay on track or get back on track with work, school, or self-care, and learn strategies for reducing stress and increasing protective factors.
- Members: Young people ages 14-30 who are experiencing new or worsening symptoms that may be warning signs for psychosis.
The PREP Program: Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis
- Located at “The Spot” in Boston or at ServiceNet PREP West in Holyoke, PREP believes that earlier detection, earlier diagnosis, and earlier treatment of psychotic illnesses, can f better outcomes for patients and their families. They provide highly specialized diagnostic service and comprehensive support.
- Members: Young people ages 16-30 who are experiencing changes or have been struggling with changes in their thoughts, feelings or behaviors which are making it difficult to do the things of everyday life,
Brookline Resilient Youth Team
41 Garrison Road Brookline, MA 02445
- BRYT is a unique program to help teens and their families. Two school-based Clinical Coordinators (social workers) and a Classroom Aide work closely with families and students in inpatient care during a crisis, and then through the four-to-eight week re-entry process.
- For more information contact: Annie Eagle (617) 277-8107
Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)
15 Court Sq. Suite 660 Boston, MA 02108
Central MA Office:
40 Southbridge St., Suite 310 Worcester, MA 01608
- Parent/Professional Advocacy League is an organization that promotes a strong voice for families of children and adolescents with mental health needs.
- PPAL offers two youth groups for young adults, and is the Massachusetts chapter for Youth Move National. For more information about these youth groups visit www.ppal.net/for-youth/hope or contact: Meri Viano at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Members: Any parent or professional that has a child with mental illness
296 Newton Street, Suite 150 Waltham, MA 02453
- Rediscovery, Inc. uses residential, educational, vocational, and clinical services to prepare 16-24 year olds leaving state custody, homeless or at risk of being, homeless, to thrive independently as adults, while simultaneously creating a support network that ensures client needs are addressed adequately.
- Members: Ages 16-24 who are Malden High School Students, Metrowest residents, or are referred by a state agency, such as DMH and DCF (and occasionally DYS or DDS).
United Teen Equality Center
35 Warren Street
Lowell, MA 01852
- UTEC is a youth-made teen center formed in response to gang violence. Today, UTEC's mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disconnected youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. They serve proven-risk youth from both Lowell and Lawrence, MA.