Linkages and Referrals to Services
No single organization can address all needs for all adolescents. Referral networks allow programs to focus on their specific areas of expertise while making sure adolescents get adequate support. Beyond understanding the services available in the referral network, organizations need a clear understanding of their own program’s limitations and how to identify when an adolescent needs to be referred to a partner.
- Identify and recruit organizations and healthcare professionals within the community who provide a wide range of high quality healthcare services for youth.
- Assess identified organizations and providers to ensure services provided are youth-friendly and accessible.
- Develop and disseminate a provider referral guide for youth and their families.
- Identify and train key staff in organizations responsible for making referrals to youth to ensure awareness of available services and familiarity with referral protocols and procedures.
- Developmental Milestones from Birth to Age 12: Supporting Father-Child Engagement at Different Ages (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health); October, 2017
- Who You Gonna Call? Setting Up Referral Networks (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health); August 2016; Slides, Audio, Transcript
- Referrals and Linkages to Youth-Friendly Health Care Services (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health); November 2015
- Project Connect Health Systems Intervention. (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
- Developing a Referral System for Sexual Health Services. (National Coalition of STD Directors); 2015
- Elements of a Teen Friendly Reproductive Healthcare Visit. Teens Visiting a Health Clinic. (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
- Components of Youth-Friendly Care. (Adolescent Health Initiative, University of Michigan)
- Video - Drawing a Picture: Adolescent Centered Medical Homes (Adolescent Health Initiative, University of Michigan)
- HHS Locator Services (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health)
Content last reviewed on August 28, 2018