Youth to Adult Transitions in Mental Health Care

Enhancing Health System Performance and Person-Centred Care: Youth to Adult Transitions in Health Care – The Case of Mental Health Services in Ontario is a three-year research project that seeks to identify gaps in services, their causes, and approaches to making care more person-centred as individuals transition from child to adult mental health services in Ontario. In order to do this the research team has conducted reviews of the academic literature, explored transition programs used around the world and completed interviews with decision makers, healthcare providers, youth and families in Ontario.

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Peer Support & Transitions

Dr. Patricia Wakefield discusses a literature review that was designed to identify how peer support is being used to assist youth as they transition between child and adult mental health services as part of the Youth to Adult Transitions project.

Effectiveness of Health Services & Programs in Transitions

Mark Embrett, a PhD candidate at McMaster University, discusses a literature review that examined existing health system services and specialized transition programs as part of the Youth to Adult Transitions project.

Developmental Transitions

As part of the Youth to Adult Transitions project, Dr. Briano Di Rezze discusses a literature review that evaluates health service delivered therapies or programs targeting areas of adult role development for youth with mental health disorders.

This project was funded by the Government of Ontario through a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Health System Research Fund grant entitled 'Harnessing Evidence and Values for Health System Excellence.' The views expressed on this website are the views of the research team and should not be taken to represent the views of the Government of Ontario.


Contact Information

Glen E. Randall CHE, BA, MA, MBA, PhD
Health Policy and Management
DeGroote School of Business
McMaster University 1280 Main Street West,
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4

Phone: (905)525-9140 x26191