Arizona: Support for young adults with special needs

Last modified: November 1, 2021

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Arizona is looking for primary care providers (PCPs) who provide care — or are willing to provide care — for young adults with autism spectrum disorder and/or complex/special health care needs as they transition to adult care.

We need your help

Studies show that health care transition of age assistance can improve health outcomes and increase quality of life for young adults with special needs transitioning to adult care.1

If your practice is able to care for these members as they transition to adult care, we want to hear from you.

Providing care for young adults with special needs

Health care professionals who are best equipped to care for young adults with special needs:

  • Have expertise in caring for this patient population or a willingness to learn
  • Have a process for transitioning these members into their practice, which should include a comprehensive review of the member’s childhood medical records
  • Are able to provide care as soon as the member transitions
  • Are willing to communicate with the member’s childhood care providers to help support the transition process

Let’s work together

If your practice is interested in caring for young adult members with special needs, or you have additional questions, please email Leslie Paulus, senior medical director for members with special health care needs, at

We look forward to working with you!

1Schmidt, A., et al. Outcomes of Pediatric to Adult Health Care Transition Interventions: An Updated Systematic Review. J of Ped Nursing. 51 (2020) 92-107.