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Transition-Age Youth and Young Adults
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275 E. Main Street 4WG
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-4456
Fax: (502) 564-9010
Hours: Monday–Friday
8:00 am–4:30 pm ET

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988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

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Early Interventions for First Episode Psychosis Program Administrator
Allison Paul
(502) 782-5497

Transition Age Youth Initiatives Program Administrator
Janice Johnston
(502) 782-6170


The Division of Behavioral Health is committed to addressing the systemic needs of youth and young adults with behavioral health and/or substance use issues. Through various grants and programs, the Division of Behavioral Health is working to ensure that youth and young adults receive services that are more inclusive, person-centered, and relative to their age and experiences.



TAYLRD (Transition Age Youth Launching Realized Dreams) is a new way to reach out to youth and young adults aged 16–25 who are struggling with mental health and/or substance use issues. Peer Specialists who are young people with lived behavioral health experience and are specially trained to support young people with behavioral health issues are the key to engaging these young people in much needed services and supports.

The drop-in center approach to behavioral health care: The hope is that by providing behavioral health support in an environment that is engaging to youth and young adults, TAYLRD will provide to them a sense of belonging and ownership in their wellness and recovery.

The goal is to empower young people by providing support that interests them, such as peer support services, employment and education supports and career planning, life skills supports, medication supports, support in health care navigation, and age-specific and developmentally- appropriate behavioral health services.

Access the "TAYLRD Website" link in Related Links for more information.


What is psychosis?

Psychosis involves the loss of contact with reality. A psychotic episode occurs when a person is unable to tell the difference between what is real and what is just in their minds. There are significant changes in the person’s thoughts, beliefs, perceptions and behaviors.

The person may experience hallucinations such as hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling and/or feeling things that are not there or experience delusions. These experiences can feel very real and distressing and can make it difficult to carry on with regular life tasks such as school, work, and relationships.

What is iHOPE?

iHOPE is a specialized, team-based program that provides early intervention services for youth and young adults who are at risk of or have symptoms of psychosis. This program services young people aged 15–30. Early intervention and support can increase the possibility of their continuing with school, work, and full meaningful lives in the community.

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