Youth & young adults with special health needs may have more complex health histories, severe medical conditions or disabilities than typically developing children. This may limit their functioning and impact their ability to move smoothly from the pediatric to the adult health care system.
The transition to adult providers generally occurs between the ages of 18 - 22, although the timing of the transition process should be individualized based on the youth or young adult’s developmental level, the complexity of his or her chronic condition(s), and the readiness of the youth or young adult and family to begin the planning process.
The characteristics of the current medical home and the ability to identify a suitable adult medical home should be taken into consideration. A good medical home provides health care and related services that are coordinated, comprehensive, community based, patient-centered, accessible and culturally competent.
- About the Health Transition Program
- Important Points about Health Transition
- Health Transition Resources
- Health Transition Resources for Parents and Caregivers
- Health Transition Resources for Youth & Young Adults
- Health Transition Resources for Healthcare Providers
- Community Support Line
- Department of Developmental Services Transition Resources
- ESE Secondary Transition Resources and Materials
- Comment on Youth Transition and this Webpage
Community Support Line, toll free (within Massachusetts) 800-882-1435 or 617-624-6060.
This information is provided by the Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.