Transitioning into Adulthood

Youth and Young Adults in Transition

Why 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.

Important Questions:
  • 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?                
    • College?                
    • 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.

Helpful Links:

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

Planned Parenthood


Family Voices

Transition Check List

Shasta County

Far Northern Regional Center

Rowell Family Empowerment

Community Resource and Housing guide

Disability Action Center - Support Groups

211 Information

Transportation Resources

Hospital stay family lodging

Local Outdoor Activities