Adolescent Healthcare Transition Program

Mission

The Office of Special Healthcare Needs is responsible for assisting youth with chronic health conditions and disabilities to transition to the adult systems of primary and specialty care, education, employment, and insurance. The Adolescent Healthcare Transition program makes resources available for physicians, parents, and youth regarding the timeline and necessary components of transition that support self-determination.

2012 Accomplishments and Milestones

  • Launched the Dare to Dream Student Leadership Conference & Youth Development Initiative for Rhode Island’s youth ages 14-21, including an annual conference and ongoing leadership development opportunities.
  • Published Transition Toolkits for adolescents/youth, families, and providers that outline practical steps, milestones, and reasonable timelines for transitions.

What we do

We assist youth, parents, physicians, schools and other providers in the transition and transfer of youth with special healthcare needs from pediatric to adult healthcare. Several statewide efforts aim to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities and chronic health conditions in Rhode Island. The Department of Health has joined the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Rhodes to Independence and Healthy and Ready to Work to implement Rhode Island’s three-pronged approach.

Comprehensive Needs Assessment

The Office of Special Healthcare Needs has surveyed pediatricians, family physicians, and internists to gain their perspective on the transition process and to determine their willingness to accept transitioning youth with disabilities and chronic health conditions. (Take the survey)

Youth and Family Outreach

Adolescent Transition is a current topic throughout Rhode Island, with each agency and department doing their part to educate and assist youth and their families with the transition into adulthood. (more)

Partners