Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health CoIIN

6 smiling adolescents

The Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (AYA-BH CoIIN) is working to improve the health of AYAs (ages 10-25) by strengthening the capacity of state MCH programs and clinical providers to address the behavioral health needs of AYAs. 

Behavioral health concerns are critical issues for adolescents and young adults (AYAs). Nearly half of lifetime diagnosable mental disorders begin by age 14 and three quarters begin by age 24. There is not enough capacity in the US for mental health specialists to address the need for services. We believe our public health and healthcare systems have a key role in helping AYAs reach their potential. 

This project was completed in June 2022.  Read the Project Brief for a summary of the clinical work done as part of the AYA-BH CoIIN.

A visualization that shows that depression is increasing and that primary care practices increased screening for depression by screening at all visits, ensuring follow-up care was received, and collaborating with mental health professionals.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (under #U45MC27709, Adolescent and Young Adult Health Capacity Building Program). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit