Care Coordination

Improving Access to Durable Medical Equipment and Supplies Through the California Children's Services Program – Phase II


National Health Law Program

Primary Contact

Michelle Lilienfeld

Grant Amount

$102,500 for 12 months

Date Awarded

October 2019


Children with special health care needs often endure unnecessarily long and sometimes harmful delays in accessing essential medical equipment and supplies. In California, the source of these delays often can be traced to the complex and overlapping patchwork of government programs designed to address children’s needs. Key among those programs is California Children’s Services (CCS). Current work funded by the foundation has led to a guide for legal advocates so they can assist families in navigating the CCS program. With these funds, the grantee will identify and address two of the major gaps in obtaining equipment, and will develop and deploy an advocacy strategy for addressing these gaps.