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Improves health outcomes of children with special health care needs (CSHCN) by advancing a quality, comprehensive system of care that promotes the healthy development and well-being of children and their families. Six core outcomes that describe the system of services for CSHCN include:

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Family Professional Partnership

The Special Health Services Unit seeks to implement family centered, community-based systems of coordinated care for children and youth with special health care needs. For more information click here.

Medical Home

Children and youth with special health care needs should receive a medical home model of care that is patient-centered, coordinated, comprehensive, and ongoing.

Adequate Health Insurance

Families should have access to adequate insurance and funding to pay for services they need. Below is a list of health and other financial coverage resources.

Early and Continuous Screening and Surveillance

Children and youth should be screened early and continuously. Below is a list of resources that aid in screenings for children and youth.

Easy to Use Services and Supports

Community-based services should be organized so families can use them easily. Below is a list of community-based services for children with special health care needs.

SHS coordinates an annual meeting with the Medical Advisory Council to seek programmatic input and guidance. 

Transition to Adult Health Care

Children and youth with special health care needs should receive services necessary to make transitions to adult life, including healthcare. Below are resources that may aid in the health care transition for youth and young adults.