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Florida Health and Transition Services (HATS)

Welcome to the FloridaHATS Web site!  FloridaHATS is a collaborative initiative of the Florida Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services Network, Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, and other partners throughout the state.

Our Mission

To ensure successful transition from pediatric to adult health care for all youth and young adults in Florida, including those with disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special health care needs.

Our Vision

All youth in Florida will successfully transition to every aspect of adult life, including adult health care, work, and independence.

Our Values

Youth and young adults will:

  1. Participate in decision-making at all levels, and be satisfied with the services they receive,
  2. Receive coordinated, ongoing, comprehensive care within a medical home,
  3. Have adequate private and/or public insurance to pay for the services they need,
  4. Be continuously screened to detect other conditions and prevent secondary disabilities,
  5. Access community-based systems that are integrated, collaborative, and organized so they can be easily used, and
  6. Will receive services that meet their physical, social, and developmental needs.

See Florida’s Strategic Plan for Health Care Transition in a one-page visual or in the comprehensive 2009 Task Force Legislative Report. For a complete description please visit our About page. >>

What’s New? Page 2 HCT Training Program Free CME

  • Recent presentations include Health Literacy, Communication and Self-Management: Critical Pathways to Adulthood  (2014 Health & Wellness Symposium, USF CARD) and 10 Steps to Taking Charge of Your Health Care (2014 Hartwick Symposium), with accompanying self-management electronic resource list.
  • See our new course release of Health Care Transition Training for Health Care Professionals. The course is appropriate for all practitioners and support staff involved in the care of adolescents and young adults. It has been updated to include new evidence-based materials, including the ‘Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition 2.0’ from Got Transition. Participants will learn about developmental, legal, financial and social considerations in planning for transition, using interactive tools and our Florida-specific planning algorithm with links to local services and resources. See program flyer.
  • FloridaHATS Activity Report for FY 13-14
  • Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition 2.0:  Comprehensive tool packages are available for three transition processes: 1) transitioning youth to adult health care providers, 2) transitioning youth to an adult approach to health care without changing providers and 3) integrating youth into adult health care. These packages include sample policies, registries,  transition readiness/self-care asessments, condition fact sheets, medical summary and emergency care plans, transfer letters and checklists, young adult orientation material, care plans, feedback surveys and measurement approaches.Capture
  • Health Care for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Toolkit for Primary Care Providers (2014, from Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and Surrey Place Centre)
  • See this policy brief from the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor. The report may be useful for advocates in discussions with funders, administrators, and legislators about the link between positive employment outcomes and systematic delivery of health care transition services.
  • Check out 4 videos produced by Nemours: Legal and Financial, After High School, Where to Live, and Medical. You can read about the videos in this press release. They are great resources for both consumers and providers!
  • Florida Donated Dental Services (DDS) provides dental care to elderly, disabled and medically at-risk clients. One must be unable to pay for dental care and need extensive treatment (more than routine care).  Visit here to learn more and to apply for services.
  • The Sickle Cell Transition Curriculum (SCDTC) is a new reference for healthcare practitioners, youth/young adults, and parents that includes practical age-specific guidelines for patients aged 12-25 with SCD.
  • See this policy brief from Samantha Crane at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Healthcare Transition for Youth with I/DD: A review of Research, Policy and Next Steps (July 2013)
  • The Illinois Transition Care Project is now offering MOC-approved, web-based training for both pediatric and adult-oriented providers. Course enrollment is now open nationally here.
  • See flyer for CLEAR, a statewide mental health referral and access line, 1-800-945-1355
  • For the latest information from the national Center for Health Care Transition Improvement, go to Got Transition?

Feedback and suggestions to make this site as useful as possible are welcome.