Phase I of the California Community Care Coordination Collaborative (5Cs) was launched with our funding in April of 2013. The 5Cs provides a structured opportunity for inter-agency coalitions interested in improving local care coordination services for children with special health care needs (CSHCN) and their families. Phase I participants met for 18 months to identify areas of shared need, discuss emerging challenges and connect with others engaged in improving the quality of services for CSHCN. These projects continue to meet locally on a monthly basis to discuss and develop system improvements. As a result of this work, a second phase of funding has been established.

Phase I Coalitions (2013-14):

The Orange County Care Coordination Collaborative for Kids, led by Help Me Grow Orange County, is assessing CSHCN needs in the county and pilot testing a process to identify, track and review cases of families of CSHCN to help connect them to services and increase communication between providers.

The San Mateo County Care Coordination Learning Community, led by Community Gatepath, is developing care coordination policy and practice recommendations and working with First 5 San Mateo to expand care coordination services for a San Mateo County Health System Clinic.

The Seven Cs Project, under the direction of the Public Health Division of Contra Costa Health Services, is developing a proposed care coordination system for the county based on a needs assessment and analysis of current resources, as well as piloting a case review process.

The Rural Children’s Health Care Coalition, led by Rowell Family Empowerment of Northern California, is bringing together stakeholders in Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity counties, to promote shared problem-solving and developing interagency agreements for dealing with shared clients.

The Monterey County Medically Vulnerable Infant Care Coordination Project led by the Monterey County Department of Health joined the collaborative in August of 2013 and has been replicating the work of other coalitions.

Representatives from the Medically Vulnerable Care Coordination Project of Kern County and the Central California Care Coordination Project of Fresno County, led by Exceptional Parents Unlimited, are providing insights and lessons learned from their care coordination projects with the Learning Collaborative.