Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs
Vision: All Colorado children with special health care needs will be valued, integrated and thriving.
Mission: To ensure that children with special health care needs have the opportunity to grow, learn and develop to their highest individual potential.
Population Served: The Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs serves Colorado children and youth with special needs age birth to 21.
The Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs (HCP) is a resource for families, health care providers, and communities. HCP seeks to ensure access to integrated, family-centered, culturally competent, community-based programs and services for families with children and youth with special needs. HCP works closely with state agency partners and local public health agencies to implement three core program components:
Definition of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
HCP defines children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) as “those who have, or are at increased risk for having, a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children [and youth] generally.”
(Maternal and Child Health Bureau McPherson, et al., 1998).
How Can HCP help?
The Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs may help families with:
- Finding a doctor or other health care provider
- A developmental screening about a child’s development
- Helpful programs and resources in the community
- Health-related resources and information
- Family support groups
- Answers to questions
- …And more!
Six National Maternal and Child Health Performance Measures: MCH has identified core optimal outcomes for children and youth with special health care needs and their families. These six national outcome measures guide program efforts:
- Negative thoughts and feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, or loneliness, that interfere with a person’s regular activities or responsibilities.
- Just like medical doctors that help people with physical illnesses like the flu or a broken bone, there are mental health professionals that can help people improve their mental health.
- These professionals include counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, school counselors, and social workers.
- Colorado Office of Behavioral Health:
- Or call 303-866-7400