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What is Health Care Transition?

Transition is a patient-centered, lifelong process that helps youth with special health care needs and their families prepare for the move from childhood to adulthood. Youth and their families can work in partnership with health care providers to assure that they are able to live as independently as possible as adults.  

While transition is a unique process for each person, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians and American College of Physicians recommend that transition planning begin by age 12.  

TexasYouth2Adult Transition Tool

Texas Transition Toolkit (T3)

Texas Transition Toolkit is an online tool designed to help providers guide their patients with special health care needs from pediatric health care to adult health care. The website includes a searchable database of peer-reviewed articles on health care transition for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), a searchable database of tools used by different clinics and programs to facilitate health care transition for CYSHCN, and tools for developing your own health care transition program for CYSHCN. This tool was developed by Texas A&M University School of Public Health.

Texas Youth2Adult is an online tool to help families who have children with special health care needs or other disabilities successfully move from childhood to adulthood. With this tool, families can create personalized accounts and find medical, educational, social, financial, and employment resources and much more. This tool was created by Easter Seals of Greater Houston.

Got Transition  

Got Transition resources include the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition, which define the basic components of health care transition support for providers. These include: establishing a transition policy, tracking progress, administering transition readiness assessments, planning for adult care, transferring care, and integrating into an adult practice.  

For Providers: The Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition  

Got Transition has also assembled transition planning steps that youth, parents and educators can take to make sure the transition to adult health care goes smoothly. Their website includes an interactive set of frequently asked questions with answers provided by experienced youth, young adults and parents.  

For Youth and Families: Got Transition Health Care Transition Resources    

Transition Brochures

The Maternal & Child Health Section publishes brochures to help families and providers understand the importance of planning for the transition to adulthood. To request transition brochures, please complete the Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Systems Development Group Materials Order Form located here.

Family Resources

Provider Resources

Free Continuing Education (CE) Courses

Texas Health Steps’ award-winning online program offers free CE courses for primary care providers and other health professionals. These courses offer updated clinical, regulatory and best practice guidelines for a range of preventative health, oral health, mental health and case management topics, including medical home.

Additional Transition Resources

  • Navigate Life Texas features resources for families on various topics including: health care transition, education, career, housing, legal options, and independent living.
  • Self-Care Resources for youth, young adults and parents.
  • Pathways to Adulthood  is a program that assists families to envision a good life for their children with disabilities and provides support, information and tools for carrying out this vision. 

External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services.  For more information about Children with Special Health Care Needs, Title V Maternal and Child Health, or information regarding maternal and child health in Texas, please email TitleV@dshs.texas.gov or call (512) 776-7373.

Last updated May 20, 2019