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Corey Ludden, Technical Assistance and Engagement Coordinator for Youth MOVE Pennsylvania

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Corey Ludden, Technical Assistance and Engagement Coordinator for Youth MOVE Pennsylvania The magic number of 18. You were a child yesterday. Today you are 18, an adult, and should know all the answers. Children’s services says: you are 18 and don’t need us anymore.

When Corey turned 18, he didn’t realize he would be cut off his supports and services without explanation or assistance. He found he had to reapply for medical assistance. Without medical services, he couldn’t go to his family doctor or use any service he had before turning 18. Without supports, his life began spiraling downward. Corey’s mother told him about a temporary job with a consumer satisfaction team at Advocacy Alliance. The job was to take surveys of people in residential settings and hospitals with a mental illness diagnosis. As he learned others’ stories, Corey realized that he had a similar story and was not alone.

From Advocacy Alliance, Corey moved on to the Youth and Training Institute and learned how to be involved in his own care and self-advocacy.

Corey saw the opportunity to help those, who like himself at the age of 18, were lost in the sudden transition from youth to adulthood. Youth MOVE PA is a way to do that.