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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?Employment

  • Updated 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.
  • See this recent 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 new 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.Capture
  • Visit the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative, a new resource designed to assist people with disabilities identify insurance coverage options.
  • 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)
  • Some important aspects of transition include learning how to complete health history forms, talking to your doctor, and being an active participant in your own health care. My Medical has created an app that can help you keep track of test results, store medical histories, and monitor your health. Check it out at and download it on your ipad, mac, iphone, or android device.
  • 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.