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Longitudinal Youth in Transition Study (LYiTS)

Although transition between health services is widely recognized as a problematic health systems hurdle, the factors necessary for successful transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) are poorly understood. Further, fragmentation among mental health organizations serve to exacerbate mental illness and create unnecessary challenges for youth and their families. ​

CAMH is conducting a study entitled, Longitudinal Youth in Transition Study (LYiTS), to better understand youth's experiences transitioning from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to Adult Mental Health Services.

LYiTS is being implemented by Dr. Kristin Cleverley (PI), and Drs. Peter Szatmari and Joanna Henderson​ (Co-Is) within Child Youth and Family Services at CAMH. This highly relevant research is being funded by the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health. 

Study goal: To gain a better understanding of how youth (age 16/17) with mental illness transition from child/adolescent to adult mental health services and to describe the effect transitioning has on their mental health and functioning. We will be able to articulate enablers and barriers to effective transitions in care, inform service delivery models or this population, and identify opportunities to improve current transition practices.​

Recruitment: We are recruiting for two components of a mixed-method study:
1) a longitudinal cohort study of 100 youth aged 16 and 17 followed annually for 3 years; and 
2) a qualitative study of 15 youth aged 16 and 17 and their parents/guardian's pre- and post-transition to adult mental health services

Eligibility​ Criteria: 

  • ​​​​Currently receiving inpatient and/or outpatient mental health services at CAMH.
  • ​​​Previously diagnosed with a mental illness.
  • ​​Age 16 or 17
  • ​​Able to provide informed consent 
  • ​​Youth that are unable to complete  ​​a one hour interview or survey.
  • Youth enrolled in services that extend beyond age 18 (i.e. early intervention mood program) as the purpose of this study is to understand transition from child/adolescent to adult mental health services.
​​​Contact information:
Please feel free to contact Katye Stevens, at​ or 416-535-8501 x34914 regarding any questions you might have. 

 What's driving our research?


In this article, Dr. Kristin Cleverley explains why it's important to study – and improve – the transition from youth to adult mental health services.

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