About Us

Our Mission

To provide youth and young adults with a seamless transition from the child serving system to adulthood and opportunities for meaningful participation in a system of care that empowers through leadership and advocacy.

The Transition to Independence Process (TIP)...

is an evidence-supported model of case management that features youth-directed planning and development of necessary life skills.

Once young people identify the direction(s) they want to go, the TIP Facilitator supports their connection to relevant community-based services and supports. Family members and others can be involved. The goal is that the young person become self-sufficient in the pursuit of:

  • Employment/career
  • Educational opportunities
  • A living situation
  • Personal effectiveness/wellbeing
  • A functional community life

Moving Forward also uses...

  • Trained Peer Youth Specialists
  • Support Curriculum from The Division of Community Partnerships

This five-year Healthy Transitions Initiative funded by the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a partnership between Maine's Office of Children's Behavioral Health Services, Hornby Zeller Associates, Inc. and agencies serving as TIP sites: Common Ties Mental Health Services, Tri-County Mental Health Services, and New Beginnings.