Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 53, Issue 4, pp 375–382 | Cite as

Preventing Youth from Falling Through the Cracks Between Child/Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Services: A Systematic Review of Models of Care

  • Tram Nguyen
  • Mark G. Embrett
  • Neil G. Barr
  • Gillian M. Mulvale
  • Diana K. Vania
  • Glen E. Randall
  • Briano DiRezze
Original Paper

Abstract

Optimizing the transition between child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and adult mental health services (AMHS) is a priority for healthcare systems. The purpose of this systematic review is to: (1) identify and compare models of care that may be used to facilitate the transition from CAMHS to AMHS; and (2) discuss trends and implications to inform future research and practice. Results identified three models of care which move beyond healthcare services and incorporate a broader range of services that better meet the dynamic needs of transition-aged youth. Joint working among providers, coupled with individualized approaches, is essential to facilitating continuity of care.

Keywords

Transition Mental health Adolescent Child development Systematic review Health services research 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tram Nguyen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Mark G. Embrett
    • 4
    • 5
  • Neil G. Barr
    • 4
    • 5
  • Gillian M. Mulvale
    • 4
    • 5
  • Diana K. Vania
    • 4
  • Glen E. Randall
    • 4
    • 5
  • Briano DiRezze
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Rehabilitation ScienceMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, Faculty of Health SciencesMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  3. 3.School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  4. 4.Health Policy & Management, DeGroote School of BusinessMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  5. 5.Centre for Health Economics and Policy AnalysisMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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