Transition to Adulthood
To assist young adults as they maximize their independence on the transition to the adult medical system.
Why Transition Planning (TP)
Youth with chronic medical conditions and disabilities must prepare for changes as they get older, particularly with regards to navigating the adult healthcare system. Upon their 21st birthday, young adults can no longer access CCS services.
California Department of Health mandates Transition Planning services begin when clients turn 14 so they have plenty of time to prepare for their future after CCS services end at age 21. Social Workers conduct case reviews and make attempts to contact all clients turning 18 and 20 to offer individualized transitional planning resource assessments and ensure clients, if applicable, have an ROI or Conservatorship on file. CCS youth who are 16 years of age or older are invited to quarterly Transitional Planning Workshops if identified with a medical condition that will not be resolved prior to their 21st birthday.
Areas Covered During TP Assessments
- If a client is over 18, is there an ROI or Letters of Conservatorship on file with CCS?
- Will client’s current doctor(s) or
specialist(s) continue to treat client as an adult?
- If not, has the youth identified a new adult doctor(s) and specialist(s)?
- Will the client still need the medical services covered under CCS?
- How will the client manage any changes to medical coverage?
- What skills and information will the client need to be a healthy adult?
- How will the client’s health needs affect
their plans for:
- A future job or career?
- College or further education?
- Living independently or in group placement?
Planning for non-CCS health coverage is VERY important for clients turning 21.
*** It is important to include the client, family, medical providers, health insurance company, and any community partners such as Regional Center, rehabilitation counselor, school counselor, and IHSS case worker in transition planning. ***
Are you a CCS client or family member with questions about transition? Call (619) 528-4000 and ask to speak to your Case Manager or a Health Services Social Worker.
Web Pages and Links
The Center for
Children with Special Needs
- Pacific ADA Center
- The Challenge Center
- CCS Client Interview
- Limited Conservatorship - Legal Aid Society
- Maxim Healthcare
- Home & Community Based Alternative Waiver Program
- Exceptional Family Resource Center
- In Home Support Services - County of San Diego
- San Ysidro Health Services
- GoldenBoy Mobility
- San Diego Regional Center
Resources and Documents
Welcome to Adulthood CCS
pamphlet ( English
- Release of Information ( English / Spanish / Arabic / Vietnamese)
June 2, 2022 - Accessing the World Around You - CCS Transition Planning Virtual Workshop
- Agenda (English), (Spanish)
- Workshop recording (English) (Spanish)
- Q&A (English), (Spanish), (Arabic)
- Panelist contact list/resource list (English), (Spanish), (Arabic)