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State Transition Leadership Team for the PA Department of Education

The Collaborative Group:

* Listened to families who struggle with questions about access to adult medicine, changes in health care insurance, time lines for change, and employers who do not understand unique health concerns

* Reviewed checklists, literature, Healthy People 2010 Objectives, the March 2002 New Freedom Initiative

* Built on this knowledge

* Then began with the question: Does the individual's health impact on the transition activity?

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Acknowledgements continued

Valuable Key players who supported, encouraged and for whom this document could not have emerged:

* Ellen Romett, Retired as Director of PaTTAN Pittsburgh

* Joan Kester, current position-HRD Specialist, Mid-Atlantic Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program the George Washington University

* Abbie Barwick, Pennylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Family Health, Program Administrator for the Special Kids Network Systems of Care

Valuable contributors to the writing of this document have been the following:

Assisted: Robert D. Corcoran-Senior Financial Planner; Lori Froehlich-Office Manager, The Special Kids Network Southwest PA; Amy Goldman-Associate Director Institute on Disabilities Temple University; Patti Hackett-HRTW; Linda Loar-PEN (Parent Education Network); Aaron Moody-Financial Planner; Terri Reighard-Early Childhood Operation Coordinator, Systems of Care Initiative, Allegheny County; Staff of Specialty Clinics-Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Children, Youth and Families: Darlene Black, Lora Casteline, Gail Holloway

Medical Home: Dana Boyd and Stephanie DeMuro, Medical Home Coordinators, Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians Foundation; Molly Gatto, Associate Program Director, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Pediatrics; Dr. Ken Keppel, Children’s Community Care (Medical Home Practice), Kittanning, PA

Mental Health: Doris Arena, Julie Barley

Office of Developmental Programs: Melissa Mecke, Dana Olsen, Ryan Walters

Parents: Nancy Janicak, Terri Medvetz, Joanne Taylor, Barbara Telthorster, Gay Vroble

PA Department of Health: Artis Hall, District Executive Director; Anita Lukacs, District Nurse Administrator; Jessica Bower, Barbara Caboot, Karen Espenshade, Janice Maker, Cindy Thomas, Jane Wolfe

PA Department of Public Welfare: George L. Hoover (Currently with the PA Insurance Department); Carol M. Case, Holly Duncan, Joseph M. Foner, Trudy Johnson, Jane E. Marsteller, Joan Morgan, Carol Tooker, Carol Quick

PA Health Law Project: Grace Egan, David Gates

Pa Insurance Department: Kathleen Burk, Jeannette Hoffman, Kristen Wolfe

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