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WHAT IS YOUTH TO ADULTHOOD TRANSITION?

Youth (12-18 years old) growing from adolescence to young adulthood.
Our goal is to support parents, guardians and empower adolescents during this period in life and educate on the responsibilities of becoming an adult.

Some activities to learn include:

  • Becoming independent and developing one’s self-identity;
  • Communicating in difficult relationships;
  • Determining if higher education (college or trade schools) are a personal goal;
  • Developing a safety net for your future (trusts, wills, banking accounts);
  • Housing and rent; and
  • The questions to ask and skills needed to transition to adult health care providers and physicians.
To learn more about the health care transition process and why this is important check out the information tabs below.

Are you Ready for Transistion to Adulthood?

Age 12-13

If you haven’t already done so,

  • Learn about your health condition, medications, and allergies.
  • Ask your health care provider questions about your health.
  • Ask your health care provider if and at what age they no longer care for young adults.
  • Learn about transition resources that are important for you.
  • Update your health information on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

Transition Resources

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Age 14-15

If you haven’t already done so,

  • Find out what you know about your health, health care, and family medical history by completing the Got Transition’s Transition Readiness Assessment.
  • Carry your own health insurance card and list of current medications.
  • Learn how to talk about your health conditions, what to do in case of an emergency, and create a plan.
  • Practice making a health care provider appointment and ordering prescription refills (either by phone, online, or through an app).
  • Begin to see your health care provider alone for part of the health care provider’s visit to help gain independence in managing your health, health care, and review your transition readiness assessment during your appointment.
  • Update your health information on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

Transition Resources

PDF for printing

Copyright © Got Transition®. Non-commercial use is permitted, but requires attribution to Got Transition for any use, copy, or adaption.
Got Transition (GotTransition.org) is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (U1TMC31756). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Age 16-17

If you haven’t already done so,

  • Make appointments with your health care provider, see the health care provider alone for at least part of the visit to gain independence, ask the health care provider any questions you have, and refill medications.
  • the health care provider to talk with you about your privacy rights when you turn 18.
  • Work with your health care provider to make a medical history summary. Keep a copy for yourself.
  • Learn how to use electronic health records to manage your health and wellness.
    • Make sure another adult you trust has access to your health records.
    • Learn about consent for treatment and consent to share your health records
  • Before you turn 18 and become a legal adult, figure out if you will need legal guardianship and/or supported decision making to help with health care decisions.
  • Before you turn 18, speak with your parent/caregiver about the age you want to meet and transfer to a new health care provider for adult care.
  • Update your health information on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

Transition Resources

PDF for printing

Copyright © Got Transition®. Non-commercial use is permitted, but requires attribution to Got Transition for any use, copy, or adaption.
Got Transition (GotTransition.org) is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (U1TMC31756). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Age 18-21

Things to consider:

  • You are a legal adult at age 18 and are legally responsible for your care unless other legal arrangements have been made. Parents/Caregivers cannot access your medical information or be in the health care provider’s visit unless you give consent or a parent/caregiver has guardianship rights.
  • Learn how to use electronic health records to manage your health and wellness.
    • Make sure another adult you trust has access to your health records.
    • Obtain necessary consent so that the adult you trust can access your health records in an emergency.
  • Work with your current health care provider to find a new adult health care provider, if needed. Make sure that the new health care provider accepts your health insurance.
  • Update your medical history summary with your health care provider. Have your health care provider send the summary to your new adult health care provider. Keep a copy for yourself.
  • Call your new adult health care provider to schedule the first appointment. Make sure the new office has your medical information, contact information, and learn about the charges at the visit.
  • Learn if there are additional changes at 18 (for example: health insurance, Social Security Income) that affect you by reading the resources below or speaking to your care coordinator.
  • Consider establishing legal guardianship and/or supported decision making to help with health care decisions.
  • Update your health information on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

Transition Resources

PDF for printing

Copyright © Got Transition®. Non-commercial use is permitted, but requires attribution to Got Transition for any use, copy, or adaption.
Got Transition (GotTransition.org) is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (U1TMC31756). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Organization Program Phone Email
Children with Special Health Care Needs of UDOH Integrated Services Program 801-273-2988 integrated.services@utah.gov
Utah Parent Center Family to Family 800-468-1160 ftofn@utahparentcenter.org
211 Utah Help Me Grow 801-691-5322
Local Health Department Central Utah Public Health 435-743-5723 lstephen@utah.gov
Local Health Department San Juan Public Health 435-359-0038 khomedew@sanjuancounty.org
Local Health Department Southeast Utah Health Department-Moab Area 435-637-3671 ganderson@utah.gov
Local Health Department Southeast Utah Health Department-Price Area 435-637-3671 ganderson@utah.gov
Local Health Department TriCounty Health 435-247-1196 jspendlove@tricountyhealth.com
Intermountain Health Care Cardiology Clinic
Intermountain Health Care Cleft Palate Clinic
Intermountain Health Care Diabetes Clinic
Intermountain Health Care Hemophilia Clinic
Intermountain Health Care Spina Bifida Clinic
University of Utah South Main Clinic (Foster Care Services) 801-587-2525 julie.steele@hsc.utah.edu

 

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