Youth and Young Adults in Transition
Youth and Young Adults with chronic health conditions and disabilities need to prepare for their healthcare needs as they reach adulthood It’s never too early to start planning for this transition.
- When will my pediatric doctor stop seeing me?
- Who will my adult doctor(s) be?
- Do I need a guardian or conservator?
- What medication, equipment, or supplies will I need?
- What health insurance and/or income programs will I be able to get?
- What are my future plans?
- Job or career?
- Living on my own?
- What activities or groups are available in my community to participate in?
- How can I best advocate for myself and my health care needs?
These are just a few of the questions to ask. A more detailed checklist can be found Here. It’s important to speak with doctors, family, and other support centers in the area (such as Far Northern, GHPP, Rowell Family, CCS case worker, and counselors) to help your transition. CCS coverage ends at midnight on your 21st birthday so it’s VERY important that you and your caregivers know what your adult health plans are before then.
Disability Rights California
Disability Benefits 101
Genetically Handicapped Persons Project
Transitions: When you’re 18 you are in charge of your health
Center for Children with Special Needs
Kids As Self Advocates (KASA)
Sexual Education for Students with Disabilities
Transition Check List
Far Northern Regional Center
Rowell Family Empowerment
Community Resource and Housing guide
Disability Action Center - Support Groups
Hospital stay family lodging
Local Outdoor Activities