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Children’s Long-Term Support: Transition to Adult Long-Term Care

We want your move from children's to adult services to be easy.

Talk with the support and service coordinator

Start by talking to the support and service coordinator. Share your goals and any changes you’ve had. Talking ahead of time can help make the switch easier.

Meet with your team

Plan to have a meeting with the people who support you. This is a time to learn about adult programs and what steps you’ll need to take to move to adult services. Together, you can plan for the changes that will come with the transition from children’s services.

This face-to-face meeting should happen before your transition date.

  • It should include:
    • You.
    • Parents or caregivers.
    • The support and service coordinator.
    • Someone from Family Care, IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct), or your county’s long-term support program. This is the person who will work with you as an adult.
  • You might also include:
    • Other family members.
    • Counselors.
    • School team members.
    • Employer.

Learn about and explore your options

At this meeting you can:

  • Learn about the differences between children’s and adult programs.
  • Let people know which services you use right now. Talk about what you hope will happen as you move ahead. This helps everyone plan your adult services.
  • Talk about services that might change. Find out if your providers will change.
  • Talk about your Medicaid eligibility. This is very important if you have Medicaid through Katie Beckett Medicaid. That ends at age 19.

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Last revised March 7, 2023