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CMS Care Coordination

Children’s Medical Services Care Coordination is designed to:

  • Facilitate timely access to comprehensive services and resources
  • Promote continuity of care
  • Provide family support and enhance family well-being
  • Improve health, developmental, educational, vocational, psychosocial, and functional outcomes,
  • Advance the quality, integration, and organization of systems of care for children with special health care needs and their families

Children's Medical Services Care Coordinator's:

  • promote family participation and decision making
  • promote independence
  • help with referrals for community resources
  • provide education and guidance in coordinating health care
  • navigate options to help pay for health care
  • coordinate transition to adult health care
  • assist with identifying respite care resources
  • collaborate with a child's health care providers
  • provide education on managing health conditions

Health Care Transition Planning

Care Coordinators assist with planning for transitioning from pediatric to adult care services. The journey from childhood, through adolescence into adulthood poses many challenges for a youth with disabilities. Care Coordination can help youth and families partner with schools, service agencies and health care providers to create an effective path to greater adult independence. It is recommended that youth and families start planning for health care transition at an early age.

What does health care transition involve?

  • Moving from pediatric care to physicians trained in adult medicine
  • Helping youth assume responsibility and take charge of health care issues
  • Maximizing independence and supplying support systems as needed
  • Systematic planning from an early age
  • Understanding health care systems available for adults with disability
  • Learning to navigate services for youth over age 21