A young person can also have physical, social, emotional, educational and financial needs during this transition period. These needs may or may not be related to, or affected by, an underlying mental illness.
When CAMHS are involved, it is possible that support was provided alongside other services, such as education and social care.
For adults (usually those 18 years and older), there may be different forms of support, and sometimes this can mean types of resources that were not previously available. Some of the services that can provide support are described below.
Full-time education in a school setting is provided for some young people with special needs and those with significant learning difficulties up until the age of 19 years.
A transition plan should be started in year 9 and an appropriate provision identified. This process is led by the special educational needs co-ordinator, and an educational psychologist may be involved to support this process through further assessment, if necessary.
After leaving school, there is a range of provision for further education from colleges, which will have support in place for young people with special needs, to specialist day and residential colleges. It may be possible that education will plan and pay for post-16 education and training, especially for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
'Connexions' may be involved in helping young people, their families and other professionals to put together the transition plan that is developed in year 9. They may also support a young person to find a training course, apprenticeship or job after school or college.
In many local areas, for those young people with identified special care needs such as support with everyday living, housing or transport, the transition arrangements may be managed by a social worker based in adult services or a specialist transition support worker.
These professionals will talk to the young person and their family, as well as any relevant services already involved such as the children's disability team, the looked after children (children in local authority care) team and/or CAMHS to determine the care needs of the family and the young person. Any reassessment should be based on existing information such as the Common Assessment Framework (CAF).
From the age of 18, a young person could also start preparing their own Personal Centre Plan which helps them access other available support.
If the young person has been 'looked after' by the local authority, they may be considered a "Care Leaver", and so may continue to be entitled to support from the local authority's leaving care service until the age of 21 years.
Those entering higher or further education may also access support until the age of 21 and, in the case of a young person with disability, they may be able to access support in education for a longer period.
It may also be possible to find voluntary organisations, like YoungMinds, that can provide a wide range of help and advice. The appropriate service will depend on the young person's particular skills and needs.
Your GP usually takes care of this. If there is a need for specialist care, the GP should be able to refer you to an appropriate adult service. If medication was prescribed by a CAMHS professional, this could be reviewed by the GP or it might need to be reviewed by a specialist (such as a psychiatrist).
The key worker or doctor in CAMHS should make arrangements for this transfer of care, before the young person is discharged from CAMHS.