ArticlesGroup Intervention for Young Adults With Mood and Anxiety Disorders Transitioning to CollegeCHUGANI, CARLA D. PhD, LPC; GOLDSTEIN, TINA R. PhD; SALK, RACHEL H. PhD; POLING, KIM LCSW; SAKOLSKY, DARA MD, PhD; BRENT, DAVID MDAuthor Information CHUGANI: Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA GOLDSTEIN, SALK, POLING, SAKOLSKY, BRENT: Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA D.B. has received royalties from Guilford Press, UpToDate, and eRT, and has consulted to Healthwise. The STAR-Center is funded in part by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Legislature. C.D.C. is currently supported by an NSRA T32 training grant (T32HD087162, PI: Miller); R.H.S. is supported by T32 MH018269-30 (PI: Goldstein). The remaining authors declare no conflicts of interest. Please send correspondence to: Carla D. Chugani, PhD, LPC, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, 3420 Fifth Avenue, Room 154, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (e-mail: email@example.com). Online date: March 5, 2020 Journal of Psychiatric Practice: March 2020 - Volume 26 - Issue 2 - p 120-125 doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000456 Buy Metrics Abstract Young adults with chronic mood and anxiety disorders may receive a range of services in pediatric care (eg, psychiatry, therapy) and within the school system (eg, individualized education plans). Such services rely on the involvement of parents or guardians to support youth (eg, attending appointments, administering medications). However, in college, young adults are often on their own and need to assume responsibility for scheduling appointments, obtaining and taking medications, and seeking out additional services (eg, accommodations). Unfortunately, many young adults may not have developed the skills needed to navigate campus and health care systems effectively, which can often lead to dire consequences. Adding to these difficulties are the high rates of depression and suicidal ideation observed in today’s college students. Many students need intermediate levels of care to stay in school successfully, although not all have the maturity and skills to navigate health care without a transition plan. To address the needs of young adults transitioning out of pediatric mental health care, we developed a brief group intervention delivered to young adults and their parents during the 6 months before college or transition to living independently in the community. The transition group program structured sessions focused on scaffolding knowledge about one’s own skills (and deficits) related to independent living, successful transition to college or community, and ability to independently manage a chronic mental health disorder. All young adults and parents reported that they would recommend or strongly recommend the group to a friend, and the majority found the group to be acceptable with regard to length and frequency. For both young adults and parents, the future outlook also improved from pregroup to postgroup. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.