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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 Managed Care Plan 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?

  • View this informative presentation entitled JaxHATS: A Model Medical Home for Youth & Young Adults Ages 16-26. Dr. Rita Nathawad and Dr. David Wood, current and former Medical Directors at JaxHATS,  describe the nationally recognized program’s development, operational structure, outcomes, and challenges. Presentation slides as PDF.

  • Florida’s recent Title V Needs Assessment resulted in the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant applicaton for 2016, which includes a new transition action plan. See this presentation on the Florida Title V Needs Assessment process and the Title V 5-Year Action Plan  (transition plan on pp. 7-12).
  • Download an updated edition of Just The Facts: The 411 on Health Insurance for Young Adults Ages 18-30 in Florida!  Read more here.
  • FDDC introduces My Health Care, a 22-hour classroom curriculum designed to improve health literacy and communication skills for adolescents and adults with ID/DD.
  • 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. 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.
  • Check out the 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.
  • See our updated 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.