Healthy Transitions

Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Healthy Transitions works to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults that either have, or are at risk of developing, a serious mental health condition, substance use disorder or are at high risk for suicide. Unfortunately, these youth are among the least likely to seek help and they may “fall through the cracks” and not receive the help they need for assuming safe and productive adult roles and responsibilities.

This program specifically serves youth and young adults, age 16 to 26, in Santa Fe and Española, who are disconnected from social and other community supports and may not be working or may not be in school or in vocational or higher-education programs. Some face the additional challenge of being homeless, or having contact with the juvenile or criminal justice system, increasing the likelihood of admissions to hospitals, mental health facilities and correctional facilities.

Healthy Transitions in both Santa Fe and Española will promote:

  • Creation, implementation and expansion of services and supports that are culturally competent and youth-guided, involve and include family and community members (including business leaders and faith-based organizations) and provide for continuity of care between child- and adult-serving systems to ensure seamless transition.
  • Infrastructure and organization change at a state/tribal/territorial level to improve cross-system collaboration, service capacity and expertise related to youth and young adults who have or are at risk of developing a serious mental health and/or substance use disorders as they transition into adult roles and responsibilities.
  • Public awareness and cross-system provider training, e.g., higher education/community colleges, behavioral health, law enforcement, primary care, vocational services and child welfare.


“You got me a job and you give me food.”

“Healthy Transitions is great because the staff listens to us and know us and are there for us.”

“There are a lot of teachers who you can tell don’t really care. And you can tell you guys do really care. Kids like me don’t have that many people who really care.”


To refer a youth to this program, fill out our referral form.

Healthy Transitions Program Staff

Keri Cardon
Healthy Transitions, Program Manager, Santa Fe

Katy Edwards
Healthy Transitions, Program Manager, Española

Stella Gomez
Healthy Transitions, Youth Outreach Worker, Santa Fe

Erica Nguyen
Healthy Transitions, Youth Outreach Worker, Santa Fe

Alicia Martinez
Healthy Transitions, Youth Outreach Worker, Española

Amanda Abeyta
Healthy Transitions, Youth Outreach Worker, Española

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