TAY (Transition Age Youth)

Transition Age Youth (TAY) are young people between the ages of 16 to 24 who are in transition from childhood to young adulthood. It can be an especially difficult time for young people with mental health needs. Many are leaving services provided by special education, child welfare or mental health which are no longer available once they turn 18. They often find there are limited resources available or adult services designed for people much older. Their families are deeply concerned that they won’t succeed without extensive support.

The following resources can be accessed for TAY and their families:

Chapter 688, also referred to as “the turning 22 law” is a provision in Massachusetts special education that requires supports and services needed in the adult system be identified before graduation or a student turns 22. For more information on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education website, go to A Guide to Chapter 688

Parent Information Network has a comprehensive list of resources for TAY.

Pathways to Positive Futures has publications, surveys, webinars and other materials.

Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research focuses on learning and working during the transition to adulthood.