Transitioning Youth into Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services: An Outcomes Evaluation of the Youth Transition Project

  • M. Cappelli
  • S. Davidson
  • J. Racek
  • S. Leon
  • M. Vloet
  • K. Tataryn
  • K. Gillis
  • A. Freeland
  • J. Carver
  • S. Thatte
  • J. Lowe


The Youth Transition Project was designed to provide youth with mental health and addiction issues with individualized transitional care plans as they transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS). Over an 18-month period, a total of 127 (59.1%) youth were transitioned and seen by an AMHS provider, 41 (19.1%) remained on a waitlist for services and 47 (21.8%) canceled services. The average time to transition was 110 days (SD = 100). Youth exhibited a wide range of diagnoses; 100% of the population was identified as having serious psychiatric problems. Findings demonstrate that the Youth Transition Project has been successful in promoting continuity of care by transitioning youth seamlessly from youth to adult services. Inconsistencies in wait times and service delivery suggest that further model development is needed to enhance the long-term sustainability of the Youth Transition Project.


Mental Health Transition Coordinator Project Partner Institutional Transition Adult Service 
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We would like to thank the Champlain LHIN for their financial support for the evaluation; community and hospital members of the Transition Advisory Committee; and a special thanks to Gilles Charron, Transition Coordinator, for his time and commitment to this project and the evaluation.

Conflict of Interest

None declared.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Cappelli
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • S. Davidson
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • J. Racek
    • 1
  • S. Leon
    • 2
    • 3
  • M. Vloet
    • 2
    • 3
  • K. Tataryn
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • K. Gillis
    • 3
    • 4
  • A. Freeland
    • 3
    • 5
  • J. Carver
    • 6
  • S. Thatte
    • 5
  • J. Lowe
    • 7
  1. 1.Children’s Hospital of Eastern OntarioOttawaCanada
  2. 2.CHEO Research InstituteOttawaCanada
  3. 3.University of OttawaOttawaCanada
  4. 4.The Ottawa HospitalOttawaCanada
  5. 5.Royal Ottawa Mental Health CentreOttawaCanada
  6. 6.Stella’s PlaceTorontoCanada
  7. 7.Youth Services BureauOttawaCanada

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