- Develop a transition policy/statement with input from youth/young adults and families that describes the practice’s approach to transitioning to an adult approach to care at 18, including privacy and consent information.
- Educate all staff about the practice’s approach to transition, the policy/statement, the Six Core Elements, and distinct roles of the youth, family, and health care team in the transition process, taking into account cultural preferences.
- Post policy and share/discuss with youth and families, beginning at age 12 to 14, and regularly review as part of ongoing care.
Creating a written practice policy on transition is the first element in these health care transition quality recommendations. Developed by your practice or health system, with input from youth, families and young adults, the policy provides consensus among the practice staff, mutual understanding of the process involved, and a structure for evaluation. The policy should include the practice’s approach to partnering with youth to develop independence and self-care skills. It should also explain the legal changes that take place in privacy and consent at age 18. The policy should be shared with youth and families beginning at ages 12 to 14 and publicly posted.