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Transition to Adulthood

What is Health Care Transition?

Health Care Transition, or HCT, is the process of getting youth ready for health care as an adult.  During childhood, a parent or caregiver will usually help youth with their health and health care needs-calling to set up appointments, filling out forms, and keeping track of medications. As youth get older, managing those needs becomes their own responsibility. Achieving this independence requires an organized transition process for them to gain independent health care skills, prepare for an adult model of care, and transfer to new clinicians.


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