Youth in Transition
What is Transition Planning and why is it important?
Young people, nearing adulthood, have many decisions to
What kind of job do I want?
Where will I live, and with whom?
What do I want to do for fun?
In addition, young people with disabilities, who receive
services and supports as children, will also consider how to find
services and supports as adults. If you are a teen or young adult
receiving services as a child, or if you are the parent of a young
adult, it is important to start planning for the transition to
adulthood as early as possible.
The sooner the planning begins for life after high
school, the smoother the transition. Family members, teachers, and the
people you know and trust can help during this planning process.
Planning ahead for transition gives you time to learn about and
understand the changing roles, responsibilities, and opportunities as an
adult. Planning ensures that you make informed decisions about
your life. Your Support and Service Coordinator, through the Children’s
Long-Term Support Waivers, can support you and your family with
The Role of the Support and Service Coordinator
If you are participating in the Children’s Long-Term
Support (CLTS) Waivers, then your Support and Service Coordinator (SSC) can
help you plan for transition and your life as an adult.
Here are some ways your SSC can help:
Talking with you about life after high school.
Encouraging you to explore your interests and
Finding opportunities for you to gain
independence and increase self-determination skills.
Setting goals and creating a vision for your life.
Guiding you to learn about legal changes, including
new rights and responsibilities when you reach certain ages (14 and
Applying for adult long term support programs and
getting a place on an adult long term care waiting list (if
Supporting you to meet educational and training goals.
Making referrals to help you find a job.
Sharing information on how you can keep your Medicaid benefits,
even if you are working.
If you already know what you want to do as an adult,
great! Your SSC can help you find ways to use your long-term supports to
work on your goals. Your SSC can talk with you about your Individualized
Education Program (IEP) goals at school and help you share your goals
with your school team and others.
Your SSC can help you and your family discuss your
situation with staff at an
Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), to learn about and
apply for adult long-term care services (beginning when you are 17 years
and 6 months old). You may still be eligible for CLTS Waiver services
until you turn 22, depending upon which county you live in and what kind
of disability, or disabilities you have. If you live in a county that
does not have Family Care,
Partnership, then there may be a waiting list for adult services. If that
is the case, it is important to talk with your SSC about applying for
adult services as soon as you can. You can also talk with your SSC and the local ADRC about
the types of supports that may be available to you
while you are waiting.
When it’s time for you to transition off of the CLTS
Waiver, your SSC will work with the adult waiver program you choose, or
other available programs in your county, to help set a date for you to
stop receiving CLTS Waiver services and start receiving adult services. If you “age out” of
the CLTS Waiver before you can access adult waiver services, then you may
need support from your family, friends, neighbors, or community
programs, as well as other benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
and Medicaid. If you need services while
on a wait list, you can contact the following resources:
August 15, 2014