Child health professionals increasingly are being asked to include screening for adverse early experiences as part of routine preventive pediatric care. Screening and providing appropriate follow-up would be a huge challenge for most practices. A good first step might be to incorporate routine screening for maternal depression, one of the most common risk factors for family psychosocial problems.
Care coordination is an important approach to addressing the fragmented care that children with medical complexity often encounter. What are optimal care coordination services? How does care coordination intersect with care integration and case management? Learn best practices and how to implement a process that will achieve improved outcomes and value for children with special health care needs and their families.
As the newsletter of the California Advocacy Network for Children with Special Health Care Needs marks its fifth year of publication, respondents to our biennial readership survey continued to express approval of the newsletter’s content, format, length, and frequency. In a welcome indication of the broad national interest in improving systems of care for children with special health care needs, 45 percent of the respondents came from outside California, up from 24 percent in 2016.
Improvements in care delivery for children with medical complexity are becoming a major focus of national and local health care and policy initiatives. A number of new models have been developed, with promising examples of enhanced care coordination and family engagement.
When Magaly was 11, her mother, Olga, found suicide plans on her phone. Six years later, they continue to navigate the challenges of Magaly’s diagnosis of depression and psychosis. Their journey touches upon the importance of early identification of mental health issues, access to care, and the struggles for support. Children with chronic and complex physical conditions often have mental and emotional issues that go unrecognized and untreated.