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Georgia Resources for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Birth through 21)

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD)
GCDD is a federally funded independent state agency that serves as a leading catalyst for systems change for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.

 

Health Care

Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH)

Provides links to Medicaid, Peach Care and Georgia Families: Care Management Organizations (CMO’s)

Includes:

Medicaid Division, DCH
Georgia Medicaid program provides health care for children, pregnant women and people who are aging, blind and disabled. This site provides information on Medicaid programs, such as the Care Management Organizations (CMO’s), PeachCare (State Children’s Health Insurance Plan, or S-CHIP) and the Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) and waiver programs, including Georgia Pediatric Program (GAPP).
 
PeachCare for Kids
 
Georgia Web Portal
Information for providers including enrollment information, member-specific information, and specific program services information are located here. Handbooks/manuals are updated periodically; therefore links to those references change as updates are made. Links on this website provide access to manuals such as the Policies and Procedures for Diagnostic, Screening and Preventive Services, (DSPS), which includes Medicaid information related to several Child Health Programs (Children 1st program and Children’s Medical Services program), as well as Policies and Procedures for Health Check Services (EPDST). To access the manuals from the home page, click on Provider Information and then on Provider Manuals.

 

Medication Programs

Needy Meds (federal, state, and local pharmacy assistance programs)

 

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD)
Provides treatment and support services to people with mental illness and addictive diseases; also supports people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities.
 
The Arc of Georgia
Advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
 
Easter Seals North Georgia (ESNG) high‐quality services to
ESNG provides services to children and adults with disabilities. Services may include: medical rehabilitation, respite care/family support program, comprehensive day program for adults and a home for medically fragile children.
 
Easter Seals East Georgia (ESEG)
The Champion for Children Program is designed to primarily assist children and families who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA)/Katie Beckett Medicaid program. The program will provide direct financial assistance and support services for Georgia’s medically fragile and special needs and their families.
 
Easter Seals West Georgia (ESWG)
The mission of ESWG is to provide services that enable individuals with disabilities or special needs and their families to achieve their maximum potential. Services include providing assistive technology and soon will be opening Megan’s House for respite care for children two to 17 years of age with disabilities.
 
Easter Seals of Southern Georgia (ESSG)
Easter Seals of Southern Georgia assists children, adults and families with disabilities or special needs by offering a variety of programs and services that enable individuals to lead lives of equality, dignity and independence. ESSG operates the only respite home south of Atlanta for medically fragile children.
 
disABILITY Link, The Center for Rights & Resources
disABILITY LINK is an organization led by and for people with disabilities and promotes choice and full participation in community life.
 
All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD)
AADD assists individuals living with developmental disabilities to live, attend school, work, and socialize in their communities.
 
Marcus Autism Center

 

Education

Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE)

Includes:

Division for Exceptional Students
 
Office of Education Support and Improvement - Title 1:
Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
The purpose of Title 1 is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state assessments.
 
Council for Exceptional Children
 
Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS)
Provides valuable information for students with disabilities, teachers, families, administrators, and other interested individuals regarding services and supports for students with disabilities.
 
Georgia Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Consortium, Georgia State University Center for Leadership Disability
Seeks to create opportunities for students who have historically not had access to post-secondary educational opportunities.  Members of the Consortium are committed to providing information and training resources for individuals, families, colleges & universities, and agencies to achieve the goal of inclusive PSE opportunities for all.
 
Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth, Kennesaw State University

 

Employment

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
Rehabilitation services’ goal is to help people with disabilities become fully productive members of society, including independence and employment.
 
Tools for Life, Georgia Assistive Technology Project
Dedicated to increasing access to and acquisition of assistive technology devices and services for Georgians of all ages and disabilities so that they can live, learn, work and play independently and with greater freedom in communities of their choice.
 
Social Security Administration
 
Georgia Ticket-to-Work Program

 

Legal Rights

Georgia Legal Services Program
 
Atlanta Legal Aid Society
 
State Ombudsman Office
 
Georgia Advocacy Office
 
The Georgia Client Assistance Program
 
Georgia Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)

 

Community Living and Recreation

Special Olympics Georgia
Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
 
Blaze Sports America
 
Camp Twin Lakes

 

Condition Specific

Asthma
Georgia Asthma Control Program, Georgia Department of Public Health
 
Autism
Autism Society of America – Greater Georgia Chapter
 
Blood Disorders
Hemophilia of Georgia
 
Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia
 
Brain Injury
Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG)
An advocacy group consisting of brain injury survivors, family members, friends, and professionals who work together to provide information and resources to persons experiencing brain injury.
 
Brain Injury Trust Fund
 
Shepherd Center
 
Cerebral Palsy
United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia
 
Communication Disorders
          Georgia Speech Language Hearing Association
 
Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Georgia Chapter
 
Diabetes
Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Georgia Department of Public Health
 
Down Syndrome
          Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta
        Web: http://www.dsaatl.org/
 
Epilepsy
Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia
 
 
Deafness and Hearing Impairments
Georgia Chapter of Hands and Voices
Hands and Voices support families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology.
 
Georgia Association of the Deaf
 
GACHI Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
 
          Georgia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
          Web: http://garid.camp7.org/
 
        Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention (UNHSI)
 
Multiple Sclerosis
            National Multiple Sclerosis Society- Georgia Chapter
 
Spina Bifida
Spina Bifida Association of Georgia

 

INFORMATION SHEETS (links provided to the P2P website):

Parent to Parent of Georgia

Provide services to children and youth with disabilities and their families. Services include an on-line data base of various resources, such as respite care, child care, or support groups, that are available in local areas, training sessions for parents on a wide variety of topics and a parent-to-parent matching program. Parent to Parent serves as the central office for:
  • Family to Family (F2F) Health Information Center (HIC)
  • Parent Training and Information Center (PTI)
  • Babies Can’t Wait Central Directory