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1. Identify the health care needs of the individual in transition:

* What are the current health care or medical needs

* What are the expected future health care or medical needs

2. Identify an individual(s) who can assist you and/or your family in:

* Transition health care planning

* Completing the Transition Health Care Checklist

3. Learn about specific health care or medical needs

Banner reads-Page 5-8 Health Care: Skills Needed for Independence

It is suggested that this information is shared with all involved in developing the transition plan. Look for more information at Appendix A - Communication

4. Determine whether all current providers have “age restrictions” for providing care. Banner reads-page 9 Health Care: Explore Benefits and Services

5. Determine if current health care insurance plan has “age restrictions” for providing coverage. Banner reads-page 9 Health Care: Explore Benefits and Services-This process starts prior to age 18 Look for more information at Appendix D - Healthy & Ready to Work National Center Appendix E - HIPAA/COBRA

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6. Learn about the Transition Time Line, Financial and Legal Concerns, and transition out of school. Banner reads-Appendix B – Transition Time Line

Appendix C – Financial and Legal Concerns www.sharedwork.org for transition out of school

7. Explore benefits and services that are provided to eligible adults - See Appendices F - N

8. The Transition Health Care Checklist has many contact numbers and websites. Banner reads- Locate the banners in the appendix sections for contact information

9. How to use the checklist with transition plans:

* Have current assessment information from youth, family, doctors, therapists

* Know current functioning level at home, school, and in real life situations

* Set goals and make a plan

* Are you receiving the help you need? Contact Parent Education Network (PEN) or

Parent Education Advocacy Leadership Center (PEAL)

* Individuals to include when transition planning: Regular Education Teacher, School Nurse, Doctor, Therapists, Mental Health/Mental Retardation; Office of Vocational Rehabilitation; Social Security Administration; County Assistance Office; Children, Youth and Families; Case Managers; local advocate

* Who else needs to be part of your team

Sample Plan: Youth Needs - Skill to be Learned - Teach Information – Experiences - Teaching can be done by Teacher, Family, Doctor/Therapist

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Transition Planning in the Educational System Transition Planning in the Educational System

Where Do I Begin?

Secondary Transition is the process of preparing youth for life after high school. Transition planning in Pennsylvania is legally required in the IEP by age 14; however, thoughtful transition planning can begin at any age. In a youth’s high school program there are three main postsecondary goals that must be addressed: post-secondary education or training, employment, and community living. These three areas are often referred to as “post-school outcomes” and are the driving force behind the Individual Education Program (IEP) written for students in high school. Transition planning continues through high school

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