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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.
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.
The transition from childhood to adulthood is an important time in a person’s life. As a young adult or parent/caregiver of a young adult, you play a large role in the planning process when transitioning from school and children’s services to adult services and supports. The Transition Road Map will give you and your family an overview of this process and provide helpful links to information. You can also view the Transition Road Map in Spanish.
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 services. Please contact RIPIN at (401) 270-0101 or visit their website.
In the boxes below, please find transition guides and resources the Division created to help you through this process.
The Transition Age Guide is an easy read guide on accessing adult services.
You can also view the Transition Age Guide in Spanish.
For more information, please also view the Guide to Accessing Transition Services or Employment Supports While Still in School.
The Transition Timeline for Caregivers and Youth will give you an overview of the transitions that occur at different stages of an individual's life. This guide will help you plan during the transition years.
You can also view the Transition Timeline in Spanish.
The DDD Brochure is another resource that provides information on DD adult services.
You can also view the DDD Brochure in Spanish.
For information on Transition into Adulthood for youth with Behavioral Health needs, check out the Take Charge of Your Behavioral Health Guidebook. This is a great roadmap to help locate and use available resources as teens transition into adulthood.
You can also view the Take Charge of Your Behavioral Health Guidebook in Spanish.
There are many Adult Developmental Disability Organizations (DDO) you can go to for help transitioning to adult services. The Transition DDO Contact Listing can help you decide which agency to get services.
You can also view the licensed provider list page on our website for more information.
The Division also offers a Frequently Asked Questions document. You can also find the Frequently Asked Questions document in Spanish. Para comunicarse con alguien re: información preliminar con respecto a la transición por favor llame al 401-462-3014.
The Division of Developmental Disabilities held an informational session on November 15th on services and supports that may be available after high school.
This session was recorded. You can access the English recording and the recording with ASL interpretation (the Spanish recording is pending). You can also access the Information Session PowerPoint Presentation.
A series of 4 meetings were scheduled where families/students could listen and speak directly with staff from adult agencies who provide support and services to many students once they exit high school. Some of these meetings do include the ASL interpretation on screen.
For more information, please visit the websites below: