Families of children with special health care needs often say that arranging the multiple services their child requires is the most stressful aspect of their lives. The Children’s Regional Integrated Service System (CRISS) aims to ease that burden by bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders to collaborate on activities that promote more effective service delivery and care coordination for children enrolled in the state’s California Children’s Services (CCS) program.
“Our goal is a seamless, integrated, cost-effective and efficient regional system,” says Laurie Soman, CRISS project director, and a member of the California Advocacy Network for Children with Special Health Care Needs. CRISS, which was established in 1996, covers 26 counties in Northern California.
CRISS is the only organization in the state that brings together parent advocacy groups, children’s hospitals, pediatric provider organizations and CCS programs to work toward a stronger and more family-centered CCS program. The group shares regional information about the CCS program; seeks to reduce systems barriers in the program, including cross-county barriers to obtaining services; and promotes family-centered care and medical homes for children.
To see a list of CRISS members and find out more about their activities, visit http://criss-ca.org/