The center helps youth ages 11 to 22 with chronic health conditions move from seeing pediatric physicians to adult care physicians. Special healthcare needs may include:
- Chronic health conditions
- Intellectual disabilities
- Physical disabilities
- Chronic mental illness
A smooth transition sets the path for a better future for youth and their families. The teen years can be a vulnerable time, including urges to try risky activities. Youth need their families through this time, and parents need the skills to support and educate their children.
Youth with health conditions may have trouble following their treatment plans or navigating the health system on their own. Self-management and decision-making skills are needed for a healthy adult life. Parents may need to step back as managers of their child's needs. They can let their child grow and learn new skills while still providing safe support.