Transitional Age Youth Outreach Project

The Transitional Age Youth Outreach (TAY) Project seeks to create a space within On Our Own of Maryland’s peer network of Wellness & Recovery Centers for the activities and conversations of young adults between the ages of 18 and 30.  Our mission is to empower youth with mental health and/or substance use struggles to share their experiences and speak out about the kind of help and services they’d like to see within the system where they receive care.  This project hopes to foster a sense that the life experiences of young adults are full of unique insight and that they are able to reach out and touch the lives of other young adults through peer support and to advocate for a behavioral health system which adequately addresses their needs and honors their voices.

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What Helps, What Harms Maryland is a year-long project initiative recently launched by OOOMD’s T.A.Y. Project in partnership with Maryland Coalition of Families’ Taking Flight, which will infuse the youth and young adult voice into strategic policy actions and planning structures for systemic change in the state of Maryland.  As we have the full support of the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), the project will use the information obtained during these groups to leverage the young adult voice and include its insight in service planning for the behavioral health service system in Maryland.  Discussion forums will be held with young adults ages 18-29 years old who have and/or are receiving services in any Maryland service system.

What Helps What Harms is an initiative for young adults to spend time with one another in facilitated discussions analyzing their community network, resources, services, and environment.  The discussion prompt will be simple so that the conversation remains truly directed by the young adult participants.  It will ask “Of all the systems you have been involved with (education, behavioral health, physical disability services, juvenile justice, peer-run services, employment services, etc.)  what about its set-up, services, and service delivery has helped you (move forward into adulthood, recovery etc.), what has harmed you or created barriers for you moving forward, and what changes would you make that would benefit you in reaching your goals and becoming who you want to be?”

For more information about the model and original project, you can visit:


How You Can Help:

We would love to come to your group to host a discussion group! We will travel to any location in Maryland for at least 3 young adults (must be 18 and over) and lunch/dinner will be provided for each group. We will also help with the marketing tools in order to recruit interested young people.

If you would like more information, have questions, or to schedule a discussion group, contact:

Lauren Grimes

Director of Network and Peer Services

410-504-9020 x 14








Reader/Roadmap Submissions

Calling for Submissions! 

We hope to compile a collection of expressions of experiences, in the form of poetry, memoir, art, comics (because humor helps!), editorials, interviews, or any other medium of which you can think.  Submissions will be put into a publication to be distributed through-out the behavioral health system so we might begin the process, with all invested parties, of exploring mental illness and addiction in the way that it is actually experienced. We want to talk about madness, dreams, trauma, guilt and shame, self-harm, resilience, sex & relationships, medication, community, recovery, mania, addiction, and yes, “Isn’t insanity a logical reaction to an insane world?”

Flier for Art Submissions


Resources for Young Adults

Guides & Toolkits:
  •  Strategic Sharing Youth Advocacy Guide: National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
  •  Youth to Advocate to Advocate for Youth Guide: YouthMOVE National

  •  A Guide for Understanding Trauma: YouthMOVE National

  •  Youth Leadership Toolkit: National Resource Center for Youth Development




Tip Sheets:
  • How Do I tell My Boss? Disclosing My Mental Health Condition: Transitions RTC

  •  Teens on IEP’s- Making My Transition Services Work for Me: Transitions RTC

  •  My Mental Health Rights on Campus: Transitions RTC

  •  Becoming an Adult: Challenges for Those with Mental Health Conditions: Transitions RTC

For more information, please contact Rowan Powell, TAY Outreach Coordinator, at:

(Phone) 410-540-9020
(Toll Free) 1-800-704-0262

On Our Own of Maryland’s TAY Outreach Project is made possible by a grant funded by the
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.