Interactive Roles and Time Lines in Transition
Transitioning Students with Exceptional Needs from School to Community
SERVICES FOR CHILDREN
 | Children’s Special Services  | Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health Workers | Child and Family Services Workers  | 
INITIATING THE PROCESS
High School Entry –
(Age 14 to 16)
years where overlap may occur
Age 16 to 17
Age 17 to 18
One year Before Graduation
Graduation Year

Child and Family Service Agencies*

*Note: For children in care of child and family services agencies, CFS/legal guardian should be involved in the process whenever a parent would be involved

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  • complete referrals for appropriate adult services in collaboration with the family
  • link the appropriate adult service worker(s) to the family, upon confirmation of program eligibility
  • participate in school transitional planning meetings to ensure continuity of planning for services and supports
  • continue to plan and make referrals to appropriate adult resources
  • a Child and Family Services Agency may continue involvement beyond age 18 for children who are permanent wards under the guardianship of the CFS agency, depending on individual circumstances
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Children’s Special Services
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  • complete referrals for appropriate adult services in collaboration with the family
  • link the appropriate adult service worker(s) to the family, upon confirmation of program eligibility
  • participate in school transitional planning meetings to ensure continuity of planning for services and supports

In consultation with adult worker

  • continue to plan and make referrals for required supports
Children’s Mental Health and Spiritual Health Care
  • inform the family about the transition planning process and discuss potential adult service options (Employment and Income Assistance, Vocational Rehabilitation etc.) and eligibility requirements
  • complete referrals for appropriate adult services in collaboration with the parent/legal guardian
  • attend school transitional planning meetings
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  • complete referrals for appropriate adult services in collaboration with the family
  • link the appropriate adult service worker(s) to the family, upon confirmation of program eligibility
  • participate in school transitional planning meetings to ensure continuity of planning for services and supports
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In consultation with adult worker

  • continue to plan and make referrals for required supports
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Children’s Special Services

Manitoba Family Services and Consumer Affairs’ Children’s Special Services (CSS) program provides services and supports to birth, extended or adoptive families who are raising children with developmental and/or physical disabilities. Services and supports are available through regional offices that are located throughout the province. The roles of the Children’s Special Services in the transition planning process may include:

  • informing the family about the transition planning process and discussing potential adult service options and eligibility requirements (EIA, VR, etc.)
  • completing referrals for appropriate adult services which include supporting documentation/current assessments in collaboration with the family and school
  • attending school transitional planning meetings
  • connecting adult service worker(s) to the family when eligibility is confirmed
  • participating in school transitional planning meetings to ensure continuity
  • working with adult service workers to
  • provide ongoing planning and referrals

Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health Workers

The roles of child and adolescent community mental health workers, from services provided by regional health authorities may include:

  • attending transition planning meetings to provide current information to the team on available services and supports
  • helping students, parents, school teams and support networks explore and determine appropriate adult supports and residential options
  • making referrals to appropriate programs for adults within recommended time lines
  • connecting with assigned adult services workers to co-ordinate supports and services
  • helping students and families find potential resources in collaboration with adult services workers and school teams

Child and Family Services Workers

The roles of the child and family services agency workers may include:

  • attending transition planning meetings to provide current information to teams about available services and supports
  • helping students, parents, school teams and support networks find appropriate adult supports and residential options
  • making referrals to appropriate programs for adults within recommended time lines
  • connecting with assigned adult services workers to co-ordinate supports and services
  • helping students and families find potential resources in collaboration with adult services workers and school teams

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