The mission of the Transition Connection Initiative (TCI) at The Coordinating Center is to partner with youth to provide a smooth and family-centered transition from pediatric to adult health care. We support youth as they prepare for meaningful adult life and work together to achieve optimal quality health care with adult medical providers.
Our Health Care Transition Approach
The Coordinating Center is committed to helping all young adults with transition from health services for children to adult services. The transfer to adult health care usually takes place between the ages of 18 and 21. A successful transition process takes lots of time and planning. Starting at age 12, The Coordinating Center can help you, your family and your health care providers with these changes.
We will help you and your family:
- Learn about your health care needs and skills, in order to set health priorities.
- Become more independent with your health care.
- Learn about the legal changes that take place when you become an adult at age 18.
- Plan for support with making health care decisions, if needed.
- Identify new adult health care providers, both primary and specialty care.
- Communicate with adult providers about your unique health care needs.
- Locate adult health care resources.
- Successfully make the change to adult health care before age 22.
At age 18, youth legally become adults. We respect that many of the young adults we support choose to continue to involve their families in health care decisions. We respect confidentiality, and only with the young adult’s permission will we be able to discuss any personal health information (PHI) with family members, caregivers, and others. If the youth has a condition that prevents him/her from making health care decisions, we encourage parents and caregivers to consider options for supported decision-making.