Young Adult Services

Our young adult vocational programs focus on personal employment, education and career exploration as individuals transition to independence. Our young adult residential services provide a structured environment focusing on independent living skills.

The Transition Age Youth (TAY) programs help young adults with mental health concerns reach their goals. Both programs support young adults as they transition to independence and adulthood. Both programs focus on identifying and taking action steps toward individualized employment, education, and career exploration goals. Both programs are funded through the state of Maryland Public Behavioral Health System (PBHS) and the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), with no direct cost to you.

Are You Eligible?

  • Do you have a mental health diagnosis (ie depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia)? If no, you are not eligible for our services, but may qualify for DDA supports.
  • Are you between the ages of 16 and 25? If no, you may qualify for our adult programs. Learn more about our full array of services here.
  • Do you want to work? If no, you may be interested in our community support program. Learn more here.

Please see our FAQ for more information and questions regarding the programs.

Our Young Adult Services

The Career Transition Program (CTP)

CTP is a Supported Employment team that specializes in helping graduating high school students prepare for life after high school. Employment support services focus on finding a job that meets their interests and skills as well as navigating the often daunting switch to accessing adult mental health services as they leave the high school support network.

The Career Academic Psych-rehab Service (CAPS)

CAPS is a Supported Employment team that works with young adults in their late teens or 20’s as they explore career options and start having their first few work experiences. PRP services can also be provided for individuals who have Medicaid and a qualifying mental health diagnosis.

TAY Residential

We provide TAY-specific intensive residential services for individuals between 18 and 25 with the goal of independent living by the time they’re aging out of our program. If that goal isn’t met we have general level residential services and other residential options to refer to when necessary. Individuals must be passionate about engaging daily with staff to progress toward consumer-identified goals as long as they’re in the program, and can expect daily interactions with staff.

TAY Supported Living

The Supported Living team provides PRP services to young adults who may not be immediately interested in working but know that they need some help in pursuing goals or accessing resources in the community. Individuals must be 18, eligible for medicaid and have a qualifying mental health diagnosis.

Areas of Support

As it relates to young adults seeking growth, independence and work experience, we provide assistance and support in the following areas:

  • Identify strengths, skills, interests, experiences, preferences, and support needs as they relate to work
  • Understand how to follow a career path, i.e. how entry level jobs (ones you can get now), training, and education programs can help you move towards your dream job and achieving long-term goals
  • Learn and meet people working within industries of interest to you
  • Build networking skills

  • Work with you to seek permanent, competitive jobs that suit our skills and preferences
  • Identify transportation options to and from work
  • Share information about disclosing a disability to an employer or potential employer; understand risks & benefits
  • Preparing and submitting resumes, applications, cover letters, and online assessments
  • Learning and practicing interview skills
  • Social Security benefits/entitlements counseling to develop a full understanding of the potential impact of earnings on benefits and learn how to maintain or work off of benefits at the individual’s choosing

  • Ensure job acquisition, support in starting a job (training, orientation, dress-code, schedule planning)
  • On the job coaching and support
  • Build the skills you need to maintain your job
  • Manage symptoms and stressors at work
  • Learn to communicate with supervisors and coworkers
  • Professional/career development
  • Support is ongoing and continuous

  • Help connecting with the right schools, programs and education resources based on personal interests and goals
  • Assistance with college or vocational education development, college registration, financial aid
  • Organization and study skills, linkages to supports, identify volunteer opportunities
  • How to access and utilize accommodations and support services
  • Ensure maintaining success in school
  • Help with exiting High School; obtaining diploma or GED

  • Organization and time management skills
  • Stress reduction
  • Symptom management
  • Collaboration and connection with supports

  • Keep open, clear communication between you and the important people in your life
  • Assist with resource connection and managing benefits
  • Understand how work impacts public benefit programs
  • Ensure mental health treatment and supports are in place

  • 12 beds reserved for intensive residential rehab (IRRP) placements in a group home consisting of six separate two-bedroom apartments
  • 24 hour staff on-site available at all times. Typical supports include:
    • Budgeting
    • Meal planning / shopping / cooking
    • Daily living skills
    • Social skills development
    • Clinical self-advocacy / psychoeducation
  • 4 beds reserved for general-level residential rehab (GRRP) placements in individual two-bedroom apartments that are typically reserved for successful graduates of our intensive residential program who are still actively involved in services and have continued support needs before transferring to independent living options.

Services include:

  • Communication
  • Budgeting
  • Connecting to resources such as transportation, food resources etc.
  • Support in understanding and managing benefits such as Social Security
  • Coordinating care with clinicians and emphasizing self-advocacy


  • Must be a Montgomery County resident
  • Must have Medicaid
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be currently in treatment with a therapist or psychiatrist
  • Must have a target diagnosis

To apply for our Young Adult Services please complete the Universal Program Application:

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To apply for Residential Services, please complete the Local Behavioral Health Authority’s (LBHA) Application and return it to:

Montgomery County LBHA
401 Hungerford Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850
FAX – 240-777-1628

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All referrals for TAY RRP services originate with the Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA) who review applications and manage the wait list for Montgomery County. The LBHA will refer individuals to Cornerstone Montgomery if there is an open placement that would meet that individual’s needs and recovery goals.