Wisconsin's Department of Health Services (DHS) is improving the transition experience for young people moving from children's services to adult services. If you are a teen or young adult, or a parent of a young adult, then the transition to adulthood can be easier if you share information with your support and service coordinator (SSC) and others about your current goals or changes you experience. It is also beneficial to have a meeting with all the people supporting you, or your child, to plan for the changes that will happen when you transition to adult services.
It is important to have a face-to-face transition planning meeting prior to the agreed upon transition date that includes you, your parents or guardians, your SSC, and a representative from Family Care, IRIS, or your county's long-term support program, who will be working with you as an adult. In addition, you may consider including other family members, a vocational rehabilitation counselor, school team members, employer(s), and other community members at the transition planning meeting.
This meeting provides you an opportunity to:
Learn about differences between the children's and adult programs so you can anticipate changes.
Share your current services and desired outcomes so you can begin planning for your adult long-term care outcomes and services.
Plan for continuity between children's and adult services - whenever possible - or discuss changes in services or providers prior to the new plan implementation.
Discuss your Medicaid eligibility, especially if you have Medicaid through the Katie Beckett Program, which ends at age 19.
Resources for Youth and Families
Community Mental Health Services Youth with Mental Health diagnoses have different programs and services available depending on the county of residence. You can talk with your SSC to see what is available in your community and to plan for your transition out of the Children's Long-Term Support Waiver.
Health Transition Wisconsin Tools and Materials These tools and materials were developed to assist all youth, families, and medical providers in transition from pediatric to adult health care.
- Opening Doors: A Guide to Adult Services
- Opening Doors to Employment
- Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education and Training: Planning for Life after High School
- Opening Doors to Self-Determination
What's After High School Family Voices of Wisconsin