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Healthcare transition for families

Adolescence is a time of growth and change for the youth and their family. This can be especially true for those with chronic medical, psychiatric, or other health care needs.  While parents typically take care of medical needs with their children, at 18 this is no longer automatically true.  This makes transition planning in the healthcare system very important. Just like in the school system, this transition will be a journey and not a one-time event.  As it may take some extra time planning and training, it is best to start early. The process should be completed by age 18

Healthcare transition is preparing youth to take more responsibility for their own health and health care.  This transition may also include moving from pediatric to adult care providers.  

The health care transition team should include the individual with special needs, family, medical professionals, care coordinators and other health care providers.  

The earlier, the better! See these helpful resources for youth at different stages:

Ages 11-13                 Ages 14-17                  Ages 18-21 

Sharing unique information about your youth can make a doctor or hospital visit a more positive experience.  See a helpful guide here.

Got Transition offers families a comprehensive toolkit to prepare for the transition to adult healthcare. 

AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit provides numerous resources for those on the Autism Spectrum and their health care providers.

Healthcare Transition for Providers

The ideal time for beginning the health care transition process is at the beginning of adolescence, around 12-14 yrs. of age.  It is important to speak with youth with disabilities and their families to discuss how your office can help them prepare for the transition process. There are several state and national groups that have developed transition toolkits and resources to help guide in this journey. 

Special Needs resources & organizations

For a directory that connects to local, state, national and international websites for youth with special health care needs, click here.

mental health

There are many behavioral health providers available in our local communities.  Eligibility for services  may depend on need, level of income, age, county of residence, and type of insurance.  Individual questions are best answered by contacting a provider directly and asking about their application process. 

Below are community mental health services. There are also many private counseling services available.  Before selecting any provider, check with your individual insurance carrier for coverage.


National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Text HOME to 741741

24/7 Ohio Crisis Text Line:
Text 4hope to 741741

Foundations After Hours Phone Line:
800-567-HOPE (4673)

Foundations Behavioral Health Services

Foundations BHS is a community-based behavioral health provider serving Mercer County and surrounding areas. Their services are primarily billed to Medicaid/Medicare and/or private insurance companies.  A sliding scale fee is available for those who reside in Mercer, Van Wert and Paulding counties.

Services Provided:  Foundations provides mental health, substance use, medication, case management, school-based services and group counseling services, including summer programming.

Eligibility: New clients are asked to bring their insurance card, proof of household income and a photo ID.  Individuals 18 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. New Client Open Access hours can be found here.

Getting Started:  Teachers, parents/guardians, families, and potential clients can call into the agency or Clubhouse at any time.  There is a Crisis Worker, an On-Call Therapist or Navigator who can answer questions and assist in getting started with services.  Foundations staff are available to attend meetings to discuss services and assist with providing information to client/family/teachers, etc.

Contact Information: 

4761 St. Rt. 29, Celina, Ohio 45822


Coleman Health Services

Coleman Services offers comprehensive, whole person treatment for children, adults, and families through behavior health, residential, employment, and supportive services.

Services Provided:  Coleman provides services for fostering recovery and crisis stabilization for mental health or addiction services.

Eligibility/Getting started:  Contact Coleman for an initial appointment.  New clients should bring their insurance card, proof of household income and a photo ID.  Individuals 18 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Walk-In or Call-in Clinics available:  Wednesday 1pm-5pm / Friday 8am-5pm

Contact Information: 

St. Marys Location: 720 Armstrong Street, St. Marys, OH 45885


Access ohio

ACCESS Ohio is a behavioral health organization that provides personalized inpatient, residential and outpatient/community-based services for addiction and mental health for those with developmental disabilities.  Services are provided to adults, adolescents, and children.
ACCESS Ohio offers telehealth services for those outside of Columbus with a referral through Mercer DD.

Services Provided:  Treatment for mental health disorders and dual diagnosis. Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Schizophrenia, etc.

Eligibility/Getting Started: An initial assessment will be completed in order to determine individual needs. For those with a dual diagnosis, a DD referral is needed for Telehealth services.
ACCESS accepts Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance.

Contact Information:
ACCESS Ohio Behavioral Health Center of Excellence
6400 E. Broad Street, Suite 400 Columbus, OH 43213