Who are Transitioning Youth?
Students transitioning from school to adult services are typically referred to as “Transitioning Youth.” The formal process of transition generally begins at age 14 and continues until the student leaves school. Eligible students with developmental disabilities are entitled to remain in school until the year of their 21st birthday. Students (and those who turn 21 years old during the current school year regardless of enrollment in school) who meet eligibility and financial criteria may access GTYI funds and DDA services.
What is GTYI?
GTYI is the Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative. The GTYI is a program that supports students to obtain needed day or vocational supports to successfully work, volunteer, and safely participate in and contribute to their communities. Supports and services are funded in collaboration by the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and the Developmental Disabilities
Who is Eligible?
Unlike school services, DDA services are not an entitlement and students must meet specific eligibility requirements. Access to funding and services depends upon:
- DDA Eligibility requirements
- Medical Assistance and financial requirements
- Funding Availability
- Timeframe requirements
A coordinator can assist the student and family with transition planning and will help the eligible student access funding from the Developmental Disabilities Administration.