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.
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.
All youth in Florida will successfully transition to every aspect of adult life, including adult health care, work, and independence.
Youth and young adults will:
- Participate in decision-making at all levels, and be satisfied with the services they receive,
- Receive coordinated, ongoing, comprehensive care within a medical home,
- Have adequate private and/or public insurance to pay for the services they need,
- Be continuously screened to detect other conditions and prevent secondary disabilities,
- Access community-based systems that are integrated, collaborative, and organized so they can be easily used, and
- Will receive services that meet their physical, social, and developmental needs.
- 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 http://www.mymedicalapp.com/ and download it on your ipad, mac, iphone, or android device.
- See our recent presentations: Transitional Care and Florida Children’s Hospitals ( presentation to Florida Association of Children’s Hospitals on 10/3/13), The Role of Schools in Health Care Transition (6/28/13 Webinar), Tools for Navigating Transition to Adult Health Care in Florida (6/5/13 Webinar), and 10 Steps to Successful Health Care Transition (Family Café, 6/8/13)
- Updated versions and new translations of several FloridaHATS educational materials are now available for download here.
- Review the FloridaHATS 2012-2013 Activity Report.
- 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.
- Download or order hard copies of FDDC’s new publication, “Easing Your Stress – Information for Caregivers of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.”
- The Maternal and Child Health Association invited FloridaHATS to provide technical assistance to the Iowa State Title V Program as part of the AMCHP Best Practice Replication Project. See evaluation results from a one-day workshop for approximately 35 physicians and other health care professionals in April 2013.
- See flyer for CLEAR, a new statewide mental health referral and access line, 1-800-945-1355
- JacksonvilleHATS introduces an easy-to-use, interactive Transition Toolkit for physicians, families and youth, case managers, and teachers. Through a series of questions based on the AAP’s clinical guidelines for transitional care, the toolkit helps you determine which resources may be most useful (depending on your role) to support the transition process. Get started here!
- Transition 2 Go, a series of informational briefs with transition-related tips and resources for health care providers in Florida
- Use this decision-making tree to prepare young Floridians with special needs for transition to an adult model of care, Algorithm for YSHCN in Florida.
- For the latest information from the National Health Care Transition Center, go to Got Transition?
Feedback and suggestions to make this site as useful as possible are welcome.