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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?

  • See the recently updated edition of Just The Facts: The 411 on Health Insurance for Young Adults Ages 18-30 in Florida!  Read more here.
  • Healthy Transitions Mobile App, from University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies, transition-appis designed to help young adults with special health care needs build skills for independence and health care self-management. It features videos that explain how to handle real life scenarios and an interactive game to reinforce the ideas presented in the videos. The videos are categorized into four sections; healthcare, insurance, healthy lifestyles and relationships. The app can be downloaded for free through iTunes and Google Play. For Google Play, click here. For iTunes, log in to your iTunes account and search for Healthy Transitions.
  • Coding and Reimbursement Tip Sheet.  Got Transition/ Center for Health Care Transition Improvement and the American Academy of Pediatrics developed a transition payment tip sheet to support the delivery of recommended transition services in pediatric and adult primary and specialty care settings. It provides a summary of alternative payment methodologies and comprehensive listing of transition-related CPT codes and corresponding Medicare fees, effective as of 2015.
  • Transition articles and state updates are featured in the March/April 2015 issue of PULSE, the bimonthly newsletter of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP).
  • Check out the recently released 2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan, an interagency report from the Federal Partners in Transitions Workgroup (February 2015).
  • Incorporating Transition into Epic Electronic Health Record Software: A Survey of Expert Users  (January 2015 from Got Transition). This report shows snapshots of sample EHR templates.
  • Individuals with autism often face extra challenges during procedures like physical examinations and blood draws due to communication deficits and sensory issues. Watch these brief presentations aimed at helping patients prepare for medical procedures. Print and share the video support handout from the Autism Research Institute.
  • See our new course release of Health Care Transition Training for Health Care Page 2 HCT Training Program Free CMEProfessionals. 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.
  • 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 assessments, condition fact sheets, medical summary and emergency care plans, transfer letters and checklists, young adult orientation material, care plans, feedback surveys and measurement approaches.
  • Health Care for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Toolkit for Primary Care Providers (2014, from Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and Surrey Place Centre)
  • 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!Capture
  • 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.
  • Lifelong Health Fact Sheets & Resources . For individuals with mild intellectual disability, from the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities at USF. Usual treatments and prevention tips are highlighted for selected chronic and mental health conditions, and can serve as a resource for health professionals, family caregivers, and support professionals. Another excellent resource is My Health Passportan easy-read, visual health care summary that is appropriate for transitioning patients (available in English and Spanish).
  • The Illinois Transition Care Project offers 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.