About the A2B Program
The A2B Program was created for patients with chronic health conditions who need support preparing for adult care. This program is ideal for patients who see multiple doctors, have questions about their health insurance, receive community benefits (such as IHSS or SSI), are a client of Regional Center, or feel stressed about transferring their care to doctors outside of CHOC.
The A2B Program helps patients with:
- Creating a transition of care plan, specific to you and your needs, that will give you steps of what to work on now and what to expect in the future
- Finding adult doctors and healthcare providers, including mental health specialists
- Building independence and self-management skills that will help you navigate the adult healthcare system
- Care coordination between your CHOC doctors and your new adult care team, including transferring your medical records to your new adult provider
- Answering questions about health insurance, shared decision-making options like conservatorship and legal changes that occur when a patient turns 18
- Referrals to support networks and community benefits
Our team works closely with your medical team
Our team includes a nurse practitioner, licensed clinical social worker, patient care coordinator, program manager and research and quality improvement manager.
The A2B Program is a consult service. This means that the A2B team does not change your treatment plan but acts as medical experts on transition. We will provide recommendations and answer your questions about what comes next. Your primary care doctor and specialists will continue to see you regularly to manage your health condition and any medications or treatments you receive. The A2B Program works with your medical team to help coordinate your care and plan for the future.
Eligibility for the program
To be seen in the A2B Program, patients must meet all criteria below:
- The patient must be 12 years or older
- The patient must be seen by a CHOC specialist
- The patient must be referred to our program by your pediatrician or CHOC specialist