For youth, the transition out of pediatric care and into the adult system can be stressful. Adjusting to new experiences, clinicians and navigating new services requires extensive support. Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) is a consultative clinic piloted by Surrey Place and St. Michael’s Hospital for youth aged 14-22 with intellectual or developmental disabilities transitioning into adulthood. We provide supports and services to eligible patients referred by either Surrey Place or St. Michael’s Hospital Family Health Team or Pediatric Clinic, including:
- Assessment from physician and recommendations to referring physician
- Healthcare system navigation support
- Social system navigation support
- Personalized goal-setting and transition planning
- Time-limited consultative support for patient, family and referring physician
Our team includes physicians specialized in disability and nursing as well as transition services facilitators.
This pilot program partnership between St. Michael’s Hospital and Surrey Place accepts a small number of patients by internal referral.
To be eligible for this service, patients must:
- Have or be supposed to have a diagnosis of an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
- Be between the ages of 14-22 at time of referral. If the patient is over 18 years old, they must be eligible for Developmental Services Ontario (i.e., have a diagnosis of intellectual disability)
- Live in catchment area of within Toronto region (i.e., same catchment as Developmental Services Ontario Toronto)
- Be referred by a Surrey Place staff member or St. Michael’s Hospital physician from Family Health Team or Department of Pediatrics for consult. Please note that referral should be filled in by a physician as the clinic is consultative in nature. Please also note that recommendations are made to referring physician and physicians associated cannot take over care for clients on an ongoing basis.
- Identified as existing clients of either Surrey Place or St. Michael’s Hospital Family Health Team/Pediatrics.
Patients are excluded from eligibility for the program if they are receiving similar transition planning from another source.