Ideas on how to improve care coordination in California came flying fast when 18 members of the California Community Care Coordination Collaborative (5Cs) met on Jan. 9, 2014. Learn about the progress of seven local coalitions working throughout the state to improve care coordination locally and at the system level.
Social capital – the benefit that arises from people working together toward a collective good with a sense of trust and shared values – appears to be declining in today’s society. One instance is seen in the system of care for children with special health care needs, where the most commonly cited characteristic is that the system is “fragmented” and “siloed.” Edward L. Schor, MD, senior vice president at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, reflects on how improving social capital in communities may lead to a better functioning care coordination system.
Children Now’s 2014 “California Children’s Report Card” was released this week, with grades ranging from B+ to a less impressive D on how the state performs on child health, education and welfare indicators.
Guest Opinion: Much attention is appropriately focused on the transition of children with special needs to adult services, but another, much earlier transition also can create stress, confusion and difficulties for families. A California Children’s Services administrator and a parent whose daughter transitioned from Early Start services to a special education program suggest that our system of care be updated to enhance continuity of services from birth to age 5.