Transition-age youth (16-24 year olds) represent an under-served population of individuals wedged between two systems—adult and child health care. Although 18 is the threshold for adulthood in legal terms, research suggests the human brain does not finish developing until 23-25. On the other hand, many older teenagers experience life responsibilities of full-grown adults such as supporting their family and having children of their own, particularly in at-risk, low-income environments. Despite high prevalence of substance abuse and mental health issues, this population is also the least likely to seek help.
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