Children and youth with special needs are best served through a coordinated approach across the myriad programs and agencies whose services they need. In two new reports, Health Management Associates highlights how six programs in five states have made progress in overcoming the frustrating barriers to interagency collaboration among programs that serve these children and their families. The reports offer recommendations on how states might foster efforts to improve communication and coordination across programs and reduce fragmentation and duplication of services.
Learning social skills is a cumulative, lifelong task that can have a profound effect on many aspects of an individual’s life. Social skills can be taught and reinforced at all ages and in numerous social settings. Greater attention to supporting the kinds of social interactions that improve relationships can contribute to individual growth and a more equitable and just society.
In May 2017, the National Health Law Program brought together stakeholders from around California to discuss potential legal interventions to improve access to mental health services for children with special health care needs. This fact sheet summarizes their recommendations for action.
Evidence shows that to create a high-quality health care system, the family perspective must be actively pursued and incorporated at all levels -- direct care, organizational design and governance, and policymaking. A new fact sheet outlines the value of family engagement and the barriers that prevent its implementation, along with recommendations for improvement.
A study from the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) offers short- medium- and long-term recommendations on how to improve access to mental health services for children with special health care needs (CSHCN) in California.
Social determinants of health are the family and community factors that affect children's health and well being. Edward Schor, MD, addresses how the relationship between social determinants of health and the health care system impacts children's health and well being.
In 2014, a national group of experts released a core set of standards for improving systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs. A newly updated version streamlines, simplifies, and updates those standards to encourage readability and ease of use.