Maine Quality Counts (QC) in partnership with the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council and the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is forming a collaborative work group focusing on health care transitions for adolescents including Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (CYSHN). This work is supported with funding from the Maine CDC as part of the Developmental Systems Integration Project.
Transition is a patient-centered, lifelong process that helps youth 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,  American College of Physicians, and Got Transition! recommend that transition planning begin by age 12.

There have been several different groups looking at transition in Maine.  Some have focused more broadly on the labor, education, health, foster care, mental health, the criminal justice system, and children with special health care needs.  Initially, this workgroup would have a narrower scope to look at transitions in the primary care office.  This project will help to define activities, workflows, and partnerships for 12- 16 and 16- 18 year olds in order to ensure a smooth transition to an adult health provider.   Subsequent work will focus on the 18-21 and 21-26 year old age groups.  The group will also gather information on gaps in care in the health care system around transitions, including hospital transitions, behavioral health, substance use, and specialists for youth with special health care needs.

A workgroup is being formed with 8-12 key stakeholders to meet four times over the next eight months to help guide an environmental scan to identify what resources currently exist for transition of care, gaps in care, and help design a pilot to test in a small number of primary care practices. The first two meetings will be focused on the 12-16 year age group and then the second two will be on the 16-18 year old age group. 

Summary of Dates:
An introductory informational call will be held on Wednesday July 25th from Noon-1 via zoom.
Workgroup Meetings: Meetings will be located at Quality Counts in Manchester.  Participants will also have an option to join virtually.

o  September 26, 2018:  10 am – 12 pm at 16 Association Drive, Manchester ME
o  October 31, 2018: 10 am – 12 pm at 16 Association Drive, Manchester ME
o  December 5, 2018:  10 am – 12 pm at 16 Association Drive, Manchester ME
o  January 23, 2019: 10 am – 12 pm at 16 Association Drive, Manchester ME
If you are interested in joining the workgroup, please complete the information requested by July 1st so we can add you to emails and calendar invitations.

For more information or questions, please contact:
Kayla Cole, Program Manager,

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* 1. Tell us a little about yourself

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* 2. What areas of adolescent transition are you interested in?

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* 3. Have you participated in quality improvement activities on adolescent transition before? If yes, when and what did you work on?

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* 4. Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

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* 5. Please select your level of desired participation here: