Healthcare Transition

Healthcare transition planning helps youth with special healthcare needs identify the knowledge and skills they need to manage their chronic health condition. The planning process also educates and supports youth to become as independent as possible. 

NH resources for the transition to adult healthcare

  • A Family Toolkit: Pediatric-to-Adult Health Care Transition (PDF, 26 pages, 2021) is from Got Transition, and used as a valuable resource in New Hampshire. It was designed for youth with and without special healthcare needs and their parents/caregivers. It has different timelines and things to think about.
  • Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs at NH Department of Health and Human Services.
  • New Hampshire Family Voices (NHFV) provides free, confidential services to families and professionals caring for children with chronic conditions and/or disabilities.
    • Their Healthcare Transition page has  a bunch of downloadable tools and resources, including a four-card set on managing appointments, medications, health insurance and health information.
    • If a youth is eligible, it’s important to have the correct waiver and type of Medicaid to continue services as an adult.
  • The TRAQ (Transition Readiness Assessment Questionnaire) (PDF, 1 page, 2021) helps youth, their parents and their providers measure youth readiness for adult healthcare. More about the TRAQ. This is a national resource used frequently in New Hampshire. The four areas are:
      • managing medications
      • appointment keeping
      • tracking health issues
      • talking with providers
  • Healthcare Transition Matters Podcast Series, created by NH Family Voices, answers your questions about healthcare transition. Podcasts are all under 10 minutes long.
  • YEAH (Youth for Education Advocacy and Healthcare) Advisory Council of NH provides tools to teens and young adults with disabilities and chronic health conditions.
  • Ready Set Go! Healthcare Checklist (PDF, 18 pages, 2014) developed by New Hampshire Family Voices. 
  • Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare is a 43-minute recording of a Spring 2023 presentation by Sylvia Pelletier from NH Family Voices. Sylvia covered how to identify healthcare needs in transition planning and to infuse them into the high school exiting process. The actual presentation starts about three minutes into the video. Pediatric to Adult Healthcare PPT slides (PDF)
  • NHCarePath connects you to information, assistance, and care throughout New Hampshire, from caregiver resources and services for disability, independent living, and aging, to counseling and financial planning tools. NHCarePath also connects you to statewide partners that provide services and supports, including Area Agencies offering developmental services, Community Mental Health Centers Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and ServiceLink.
  • Maneuvering the Maze (PDF, 144 pages, 2022) from New Hampshire Family Voices is a resource guide for families and professionals to find resources throughout the state from birth to adulthood.
  • Training: Health Care Transition: From Tools to Action with Ansley Peacock and Sylvia Pelletier, NHFV. Learn how to take the information learned from transition tools and put it into action. Health Care Transition Voyage slides (PDF, 20 slides, 2024), Health Care Transition Voyage recording (mp4, 57-minutes). This presentation was part of the NH State Transition Community of Practice 2024 Education Series.

National and other states resources for the transition to adult healthcare

Mental Health

Tipsheets from Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research in Massachusetts:

Training: Teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) with Suzanne Weete, Community Partners. Teen Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches teens about mental health and substance-use issues. tMHFA slides (PDF, 13 slides 2024), tMHFA recording (mp4, 24:07-minutes). This presentation was part of the NH State Transition Community of Practice 2024 Education Series.

Health care providers

Massachusetts offers a page of resources for health care providers: Health transition tips and resources for healthcare providers

New resources 5-29-24