Healthy Transitions

In support of the President’s “Now is the Time” Plan and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) this program was developed 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 to assume safe and productive adult roles and responsibilities.

This program specifically serves youth and young adults, age 16 – 25, in Santa Fe and Española who are disconnected from social and other community supports and may not be working, 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 with or at-risk of, serious mental health and substance use disorders as they transition into adult roles and responsibilities.
  3. Public awareness, cross-system provider training, e.g. higher education/community colleges, behavioral health, law enforcement, primary care, vocational services and child welfare.


To refer a youth to this program please contact:


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Keri Cardon
Program Manager
(505) 690-7143

Katy Edwards
Youth Outreach Worker
(505) 690-7012

Mateo Klepper
Youth Outreach Worker
(505) 490-0346


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Nikki Bustos
Program Manager
(505) 690-5518
Youth Outreach Worker

David Gonzales
Youth Outreach Worker
(505) 690-7117

Alicia Martinez
Youth Outreach Worker
(505) 490-0547