Suicide Prevention

If there is an immediate fear of death or injury, please call 911. Any suicidal thought is a risk. HealthWest's crisis line is (231)-722-HELP.  Please call:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

(800) 273-TALK (8255)

HealthWest crisis helpline:

231) 722-HELP (4357)

More Information


During the transition period from childhood to adulthood, youth and young adults face decisions about new social situations and responsibilities, future career and educational goals, self-management of behavior and substance use, and development and maintenance of supportive and intimate relationships.



Young people with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD) are particularly challenged during this transition period; the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model was developed to support these young people to achieve success. The TIP Model™ prepares youth and young adults with EBD for their movement into adult roles through an individualized process, engaging them in their own futures planning process, as well as providing developmentally-appropriate and appealing supports and services. Young people are encouraged to explore their interests and futures as related to employment and career, education, living situation, personal effectiveness and wellbeing, and community-life functioning. The TIP system also supports and involves family members and other informal key players (e.g., parents, foster parents, an older sister, girlfriend, roommate) as relevant in meeting their needs and those of the young person.



The HealthWest Transition Age Services team utilizes the TIP Model to serve Muskegon Youth and Young Adults ages 14-26 who have Emotional or Behavioral Disorders and demonstrate medical need.



Contact: Kelly France,