This is a guide for transitioning from pediatric to adult care for children and youths with special health care needs. To access the materials linked to this chart, download the Transition Flowchart in PDF form or scroll down to the links below.

Transition Flowchart (pdf) - a clickable version of the chart above

Community Resources - a list of youth/young adult health-related resources in Southern Arizona (rev. 2018)

AGES 12-14

Develop knowledge of patient's health care needs (know medical condition, name of medication and manage medical tasks)

Explore work and volunteer opportunities

Answer questions during your health care visit and communicating with your provider

AGES 15-17

Making Medical Appointments and getting prescriptions refilled

Talk to medical providers during visits about age appropriate information regarding physical, emotional and sexual development

Think and talk about transition from pediatric to adult heath care providers

Keep a health record, including all medical paperwork and confidentiality

Youth spending the majority of health care visit alone with the doctor


Reapply for Medicaid benefits or private health insurance

Reapply for SSI Benefits

Make decisions about power of Attorney or other Guardianship option

AGES 18-21

Transfer medical care from pediatric providers to adult providers

Contact vocational rehabilitation o explore vocational assistance

Explore living arrangements, education, and employment opportunities

Transfer medication to local pharmacy (If moving or going away to school)

If going to college, learn about health care coverage and health services provided by campus