Utah Transition-Age Youth Empowered to Succeed (UT-YES) is a System of Care program designed to help youth ages 16-25 who have—or are at risk of developing—mental health challenges, access needed services and successfully transition into adulthood.

Utah Transitioning Youth Empowered to Succeed “UT-YES” Art Show

The annual Utah Transitioning Youth Empowered to Succeed “UT-YES” Art Show is a compilation of artwork from youth and young adults, aged 12-25.

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Why is Early Identification Important?

Research shows that the average time from when mental health symptoms appear to an official diagnosis can be as high as seven years. Early identification and treatment of mental health issues as a child matures into adulthood can significantly delay onset, improve functioning, prevent regression into more severe mental illness and decrease the risks of homelessness, suicide, joblessness and dependency on government supports long-term.

Symptoms of mental illness or substance use disorders often develop in a youth’s teenage or young adult years and can include:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Easily agitated
  • Withdrawn from friends and family
  • Suspicious or fearful of others
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Odd or unusual behavior changes

What Services are Available?

To help youth and families identify and treat mental illness as early as possible, UT-YES provides free mental health and substance use disorders screenings to youth, caregivers or family members statewide.

Youth in rural counties like Duchesne, Uintah, Daggett, Grand, Carbon or Emery may qualify, regardless of insurance or income, to access additional services including:

  • Treatment and support resources
  • Case management, psychosocial education and peer support
  • Supported employment and education
  • Assistance with housing

Some or all of the costs may be covered by federal funding. For more information, email Ming Wang at mwang@utah.gov.

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