Transition Resources ages 18-21
These resources align with the Transition Checklist used in CCSHCN clinics to help parents and patients find appropriate resources and move toward independence.
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||Ages 18-21: Health
Do you have plans for adult health care providers (primary care, specialty, dental, DME, pharmacy, therapy and mental health) and have made initial appointments to establish care with them or are already seeing them?
Do you make a list of questions to ask your doctors so I can remember to ask them?
Do you make your own medical decisions or have other arrangements in place? See Journey to Adulthood - a Transition Travel Guide, Pages 22-40]
Do you follow up on any referrals for tests, check-ups, or labs?
Do you call the doctor about any unusual changes in your health, such as allergic reactions?
Have your chosen a pharmacy where your current and new prescriptions can be filled?
Are you aware of generic medications that can save money?
Are you aware of Prescription Assistance programs?
Do you have a medical history summary which includes the list of medication you take and the dosage that can be given to new doctors?
Do you manage your medical appointments and make arrangements for transportation to attend if needed?
If you are no longer eligible for Medicaid, have you looked into options and applied for other funding resources?
Do you know what to do for minor ailments like a cold and health emergencies like pressure wounds?
Do you sign your own release of information forms, power of attorney, conservator, etc.?
||Ages 18-21 Independent Living
Do you have plans for after high school? See Journey to Adulthood - a Transition Travel Guide
Do you know what to do to enroll in school or training and apply for financial aid?
Do you have plans for independent living, housing, transportation?
Do you know how to manage money and budget household expenses?
Do you have a driver’s license or state ID?
Do you work or volunteer?
Do you know about transferring records when I turn 21 years old? Check with your pediatric health care provider for more information.
Do you have shopping, cooking, laundry, and housekeeping skills?
Have you registered to vote and understand the importance of exercising your right to vote? Do you understand the value of voting for candidates who support disability rights and services?
Can you take care of your personal needs, have identified someone to help, if needed? See Journey to Adulthood - a Transition Travel Guide, pages 81-84].
Do you know how to hire a personal attendant, if needed?
If you have an IEP or special needs concerns, answer the following:
Do you know how to get any accommodations you need for work or school?
Are you aware of the Job Accommodation Network which is a free service?
Are you aware of Medicaid waivers? These waivers provide a funding stream for community living supports, residential, respite care and other services.