The following publications provide information about The HSC Foundation and its subsidiary organizations, the National Youth Transitions Center, and research on issues related to young people with disabilities.
About the National Youth Transitions Center
The National Youth Transitions Center (NYTC) works with young people with disabilities to create and live a self-directed path to adulthood and employment.
Current Publications About the NYTC
- 2016 Partnership Network Brochure [PDF - 2.2 MB]
A list of The HSC Foundation's partnership network and the services and resources they provide to support young people with disabilities as they transition to adulthood.
- National Youth Transitions Center Brochure [PDF - 3.2 MB]
A collaborative learning community that benefits young people with disabilities as they transition from adolescence to adulthood and from school to work.
- National Youth Transitions Center Infrastructure Guide [PDF - 2.2 MB]
The need, rationale and framework that guides the work and growth of the National Youth Transitions Center's efforts to support young people in transition to adulthood.
History of the NYTC
Learn about issues young people who are transitioning to adulthood face and how the NYTC was developed to address those issues.
- The HSC Foundation's Youth Transitions Initiative [PDF - 274 MB]
Key moments in the launch of the Foundation's initiative to support and assist young people with disabilities as they move from school to adulthood and the world of work.
- Youth Transitions Summit [PDF - 477 KB]
Highlights of a summit with professionals, youth with disabilities, and their families to examine the education, career preparation, independent living, and social barriers to successful transition.
- Health Issues Impacting Youth Transitions Roundtable [PDF - 500 KB]
Findings from a group of clinician experts convened to discuss health issues related to youth transitions, including identifying those areas where there is the greatest need for improvement.
White Papers & Reports
Read research about young people with disabilities and the issues that impact their transition to adulthood.
- HSC Pediatric Center’s 2015-2017 Community Health Needs Assessment
[PDF - 1 MB]
Consistent with IRS guidelines, The HSC Pediatric Center has completed an updated comprehensive assessment of health needs for the community it serves. The assessment includes research and findings from health experts and community members to guide future operations to improve health care access and health outcomes, and implementation strategies to address other related needs for populations at social and medical risk due to income status.
- HSC Pediatric Center’s 2012-2014 Community Health Needs Assessment
[PDF - 2 MB]
Consistent with published IRS guidelines, The HSC Pediatric Center completed a comprehensive assessment of health needs for the community it serves. The assessment includes research and findings, such as interviews with more than 50 health care providers, care coordinators, health care association members, and members of the medically underserved community. The report provides the adopted implementation strategies that were developed to improve health care access and outcomes for The HSC Pediatric Center community.
Young People With Disabilities
- Community Health Workers and Children with Special Health Care Needs [PDF - 2.3 MB]
An environmental scan to identify programs across the country that are combining the strengths of community health workers with programming for children with special health care needs.
- Healthy Youth Development: Reaching California's Minority Youth with Disabilities [PDF - 227 KB]
A background paper on the concept of youth development, specific examples of employment and volunteerism, and the unique circumstances that impact minority youth with disabilities.
- Partnering with Your Child's School: A Guide for Parents (English) [PDF - 598 KB]
Colaborando con la Escuela de su hijo: Una Guía para Padres (Spanish) [PDF - 702 KB]
A resource to help parents of children with health or mental health care needs to learn about available resources and to develop a partnership with their child's school.
- Career Investigations for Transitioning Youth [PDF - 211 KB]
Highlights of a model program that helps students explore post-secondary options through a range of school- and work-based experiences and connecting activities on a university campus.
- What Will Open the Doors for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs From Traditionally Underserved Communities?
Pediatrics 2010,126: S194-S196
A call for action, partnerships, and continued forward movement to improve opportunities for children and youth with disabilities and special health care needs.
- Pediatric Perspectives and Practices on Transitioning Adolescents with Special Needs to Adult Health Care [PDF - 167 KB]
An analysis of data from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how pediatricians incorporate transition support into the ongoing care of their adolescent patients with special health care needs.
- Children with Special Health Care Needs in Public Schools: A Multiple Case Study [DOC - 445 KB]
An exploratory multiple case study to learn how three school districts serve children with special health care needs and the challenges schools face in how to best serve this population.
Veterans and the Military
- Military-Connected Children with Special Health Care Needs and Their Families
Conference Summary and Recommendations [PDF - 1.2 MB]
Highlights of a 2-day conference with military families, researchers, educators, and health care providers to address services for children with special health care needs who have a parent in the military.
- Life Beyond War: Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Student Veterans
Executive Summary [PDF - 481 KB] / Whitepaper [PDF - 778 KB]
An exploration of the mental health needs of student veterans and 12 comprehensive recommendations to improve experiences for student veterans at colleges and universities across the nation.
Policy and Advocacy
- Power In Numbers: A Profile of American Voters with Disabilities [PDF - 366 KB]
Findings from a survey to examine the political views, advocacy trends, and partisan affiliation of people with disabilities and chronic conditions, their families, and caregivers.
- The Overlooked Caregiver: A Series of Listening Sessions [PDF - 1.51 MB]
Listening sessions created to learn about caregivers' unique concerns and unmet needs, and highlight issues that are not necessarily present in the mainstream.
About Special Needs Consulting Services, Inc.
Special Needs Consulting Services, Inc. (SNCS), which dissolved in 2014, contributed to the evolution of coordinated care programs for high-need Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. Its publications on how to improve quality of life while lowering expenditures are still available.
- Usage of Controlled Substance Pain Medications in Medicaid [PDF - 396 KB]
A report highlighting data on controlled substance painkiller prescriptions across 14 state Medicaid programs.
- Savings Generated by New York's Medicaid Pharmacy Reform [PDF - 181 KB]
Findings from a study exploring new ways to eliminate wasteful Medicaid spending without reducing patient access to quality care.
- Defining and Managing the Boundaries of Medically Necessary Home Health Care: The Multi-Year Story of an MCO's Efforts and Initiatives [PDF - 424 KB]
Highlights of a multi-year effort on behalf of Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc. to identify and control the over and inappropriate use of home health services.
- Coordinated Care for Ohio's Dual Eligibles: Program Design Recommendations and Savings Estimates [PDF - 575 KB]
A review of the capability and experience of Ohio's managed health care plans as compared with alternative models of coordinated care for dual eligible.
- Achieving Optimal Care Coordination for Medicaid/Medicare Dual Eligibles [PDF - 415 KB]
A report highlighting the benefits of implementing optimal models of coordinated care for people with both Medicaid and Medicare coverage.
- Ramping Up Care Coordination for Medicaid Beneficiaries with Disabilities [PDF - 175]
An argument for expanding the use of Medicaid integrated care programs for beneficiaries who are not dually eligible for Medicare.