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The Division has been strengthening transition-age services, which has been the direct result of a coordinated and collaborative commitment of state agencies— BHDDH, RI Department of Education (RIDE) and the Office of Rehabilitative Services (ORS). The significant partnerships we have built with our community stakeholders has been central to our collective work and helped enhance the vision we all share of an integrated life in the community. This vision is achieved through true person-centered planning that enables people to define the direction of their lives. While there is still work ahead, we are making progress.
For information on Transition into Adult Services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities, please read this brochure in English or Spanish.
For information on Transition into Adulthood for youth with Behavioral Health needs, check out the Take Charge of Your Behavioral Health Guidebook and Guidebook en Español. This is a great roadmap to help locate and use available resources as teens transition into adulthood.
If you would like a representative of BHDDH to attend an IEP meeting:
The Division has created a Transition Timeline for Caregivers and Youth to assist in planning during the transition years. Please see the attached in English and Spanish.
Age-Specific Transition Packets
Packet for Ages 14 - 16
Download the full packet for ages 14-16 in English or Spanish
Packet for Ages 17 - 22
Download the full packet for ages 17-22 in English or Spanish
Additional resources and information
Application Process: The Division has an eligibility by 17 policy which encourages students to apply for adult DD services as early as 16 years 10 months. Early applications allow for additional planning time and assist in a smoother transition from school to adult services. Application information can be found on the Eligibility and Application page here
Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) supports students, young adults with disabilities and their families as they transition to adult services and learn about the options and resources available. RIPIN staff work with young adults with disabilities and their families to actively participate in making informed decisions about the services they receive. RIPIN staff are available to assist youth and their families to complete the DDD application for service. Please contact RIPIN at (401) 270-0101 or visit their website here.
The Division also offers a Frequently Asked Questions document in English and Spanish. Para comunicarse con alguien re: información preliminar con respecto a la transición por favor llame al 401-462-3014.