Transition to Adult Services

Community-based Services: Youth with special health care needs will receive the services necessary to make transitions to all aspects of adult life, including adult health care, work, and independence.

Youth with special health care needs, as adults, must be able to expect good health care, employment with benefits, and independence. Appropriate adult health care options must be available in the community and provided within developmentally appropriate settings. Health care services must not only be delivered in a family-centered manner but must also prepare individuals to take charge of their own health care and to lead a productive life as they choose. The broad definition of children with special health care needs includes those who have or are at increased risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions and require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally1.

The National Health Care Transition Center for Youth with Special Health Care Needs will assure that youth with special health care needs are prepared for their transition from pediatric to adult health care and that they experience a smooth and seamless transfer of care from pediatric primary care and specialty care to adult settings. NH's Center for Medical Home Improvement was awarded the cooperative agreement in 2010 to operate this national center.

  1. Maternal and Child Health Bureau: Achieving and Measuring Success: A National Agenda for Children with Special Health Care Needs