Florida Healthy Transitions

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You are not alone. We understand We’re here to help!

Florida Healthy Transitions is a program that provides teens and young adults with tools to help them to be their very best in life.
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About Florida Healthy Transitions

Florida Healthy Transitions is a new program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This program aims to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults ages 16 – 25 who are living with, or maybe experiencing symptoms, or are at risk of developing a serious mental health condition. The program also aims to reduce stigma related to mental health, and focuses on empowering young people to be their best. The primary goal of the program is to assist youth in transitioning successfully into adulthood, and to assist young adults in achieving their life goals.

Healthy Transitions Staff

The Florida Healthy Transitions Team is committed to providing age and culturally proficient services to youth and young adults. Our dynamic team is made up of staff from various cultures, racial/ethnic backgrounds, life experiences and all walks of life. Over half of our program staff are young adults between the ages of 18-25 years of age. This is very rare in many programs, so we are very proud of this achievement! Our team believes in giving people hope for a brighter future, regardless of their past and current experiences, troubles or challenges. We believe that life experiences do not break us, they only bend us and help to mold us into even stronger individuals. Therefore, we are all Bent Not Broken!

The Florida Healthy Transitions’ team believes:

  1. Youth and young adult (YYA) voice are critical.  Florida Healthy Transitions’ YYAs work with their transition team members to identify their strengths, goals and steps to achieving their goals.
  2. Youth and young adults are the first experts of their lives, and most are capable of successfully reaching their goals, with the appropriate education, support, treatment and tools.
  3. Peers are critical to the success of young people, and young people often learn best from other young people.  As a result, over 80% of Florida Healthy Transitions’ direct services staff are young adults
  4. We must meet youth and young adults where they are… in the community. As a result, nearly all direct services are provided in the youth/young adults’ home or safe location within their community.
1- Who is eligible to participate in the Healthy Transitions program?
Any youth or young adult can participate in our local community awareness and outreach activities.However, to be eligible for services, you must be 16-25 years of age and reside in Hillsborough or Pinellas County, Florida.

2- What does experiencing symptoms or at-risk of developing a serious mental health condition mean?
It means that your behavior, moods or thoughts sometime get in the way of you making good/healthy decisions OR prevents you from completing tasks at home, school or work OR makes you feel lonely, sad or depressed OR prevents you from having good relationships with the people that you love or care about.
3- What services does Healthy Transitions provide?
Healthy Transitions’ program services include, but are not limited to:

Community Awareness ActivitiesReferrals to Community ResourcesCrisis/Emergency SupportIntensive Care Coordination/ WraparoundYouth & Young Adult Support ServicesSchool/College/Career Assistance ServicesAffordable Housing ResourcesGroup Educational SessionsGroup Social Activities
4- Does the program offer any fun activities for people my age?
Great question!  The answer is... YES!  The program offers wellness groups (Bent Not Broken) on a weekly basis.  The groups are attended by youth and young adults ages 16-25, and the topics and community activities are selected by the participants and Youth Coordinator staff.

5- I'm a parent, and this program would be great for my child. Can I sign him/her up?
Yes, as long as he/she is interested in participating in the program.  ALL youth and young adults must consent to participating in the program.

6- Do I have to be diagnosed by a doctor first?
No. A previous diagnosis is not required to participate in services. 

7- What if I'm receiving services at another agency, can I still participate in the program?
Yes, you can still participate in the program.  If you are currently receiving services at another agency, and are satisfied with those services, we suggest that you continue receiving services there.  You can still participate in the Healthy Transitions community outreach activities, weekly wellness support and educational groups (Bent Not Broken).

8- Can I receive services if I have been or currently involved with the Juvenile Justice (DJJ) or Criminal Justice system?
Yes, you can still receive Healthy Transitions program services, as long as you desire to make positive changes in your life. #BentNotBroken

9- I understand things better in Spanish. Do you have staff that speak Spanish and other languages?
Yes, we have staff who are very proficient in Spanish. We can also provide assistance to youth and young adults who speak other languages as well.

10- I am living here for college, but my hometown is somewhere else, can I still receive services?
Yes, as long as you are in college in Hillsborough or Pinellas county.

11- Can I participate in the program if I have a child?
Yes, as long as you meet the program eligibility criteria.  We have other participants who have children as well.

12- I am 25 years old, can I participate in this program?
Yes, if eligible, you can participate in the program up to your 26th birthday.  At that time, the program staff will work with you to assist you in transitioning to another program that meets your needs.

13- How much does this program cost?
This is a FREE program.  There are no charges for program services.

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We all have beautiful minds, and we all have been through some rough patches. But like a tree, we are bent, but not broken!

Bent Not Broken is an app created by and for teens and young adults. This app provides information on mental health and wellness, local resources that are available to you, and tools to connect you to the community.

Primary Program Partners


Our Participants

In 2016, Florida Healthy Transitions launched services in Hillsborough and subsequently in Pinellas County. To date:

8,335 youth and young adults (YYAs) have been screened for behavioral health services

142 YYAs enrolled in Wraparound or Intensive Case Management services

122 YYAs attended weekly Bent Not Broken Mental Wellness group activities

120% Increase the number of YYAs whose symptoms are longer bothering them

50% Improvement from hopeless to hopeful among YYAs

93% would still elect to receive Florida Healthy Transitions services, despite having other options


Interested in helping us improve the lives of youth and young adults?
We are always in need of and thankful for assistance and support with the following:

Employment Opportunities (full-time, part-time, seasonal)

Affordable Housing Options (Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties)

Free or Discounted Entertainment and Social Activity Venues

For more information on partnerships and to learn more about how you can support the Florida Healthy Transitions Program,
please contact Dr. Tonicia Freeman-Foster at TFoster@cfbhn.org

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