Adolescent Health Care Transition in RI

The purposeful planned movement of adolescents and young adults
with, or those at risk for, chronic physical, medical, emotional,
and/or behavioral conditions from Child-Centered to
Adult-Oriented Health Care Systems

There has been a growing recognition that Health Care Transition (HCT) is a critical aspect of successful entry to adulthood. HCT supports economic self-sufficiency, independence and prevents school dropout and delinquency. As a result, there is an increasing interest in services and supports for young people with disabilities and chronic health conditions that address all aspects of health and well being, including promoting health, preventing secondary conditions, and preparing for entry into adult systems of care.

The Rhode Island Transition Council (including representatives from the Rhode Island Departments of Education, Children Youth & Families, Health, Human Services/Office of Rehabilitative Service, and Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals, as well as Special Education Directors, Regional Transition Coordinators, the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, and the Rhode Island Parent Information Network) is interested in assessing and addressing the need for a coordinated, collaborative approach to Health Care Transition within the existing systems of transition.

In order to complete the picture of knowledge of and attitudes toward HCT, to understand the barriers to addressing HCT, to assess the HCT information and training and to set the direction of HCT work, the Transition Council invites the following groups to complete this survey: Parents, Students, Teachers, School Nurse-Teachers, Special Education Directors, Transition and Care Coordinators (@RIDE, ORS, DCYF, DHS, BHDDH), and other education and health care stakeholders.