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

Community Ment Health J. 2017 May;53(4):375-382. doi: 10.1007/s10597-017-0098-7. Epub 2017 Feb 20.


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: Adolescent; Child development; Health services research; Mental health; Systematic review; Transition.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Health Services Research
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Mental Health Services*
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Transition to Adult Care*

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