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CCSHCN seeks feedback on block grant application

Each year, states are required to submit an Application and Annual Report for federal funds for their Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grants. The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, as the provider of services for children and youth with special needs, is asking for feedback from the public about our application.

The CCSHCN provided and promotes family-centered, community-based, coordinated care (including care coordination services) for children and youth and facilitating the development of community-based systems of services.

Two documents are linked here for review: the first is the two-page summary which provides an overview of the application; the second is the full 25-page application and report.

To comment please use the link to Survey Monkey in the full report or e-mail Mike Weinrauch at the CCSHCN. Comments will close May 30, 2014.

Community meetings planned to discuss finds of Autism Spectrum disorder focus groups.

The Department of Behavioral Health Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) is hosting five community meetings across the state to discuss the findings of regional task force groups focused on children from birth to age 8 with autism spectrum disorder. The first community meeting takes place May 2, 2014 in Elizabethtown. The full list of community meeting dates is here.

In 2013, Kentucky’s Division of Behavioral Health and the Division of Developmental Disabilities and Department of Public Health sought to identify challenges to early identification, diagnosis and intervention for children from birth to age 8 with an autism spectrum disorder.

Partnering with the Center for Systems Change, 14 regional forums were hosted to gather feedback from the community. At those forums, each region formed the beginnings of a task force, who then completed the regional assessment and planning tool. Those assessments have been gathered, summarized and are ready to report to Kentucky’s leadership. We would like to share those results with you. 

Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend, and to hear about the findings for Kentucky as a whole as well as the region specific data. We will also be sharing the recommendations that Center for Systems Change made to help the state support regional efforts to meet the challenge of autism.

The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs is proud to support the DBHDID and to serve as part of the Kentucky Advisory Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

CCSHCN celebrates National Registered Dietician Nutritionist Day

March is National Nutrition Month and the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs is spreading the word about healthy eating through two registered dieticians on our staff. The CCSHCN is proud to have Meredith Evans and Amy Turner on our team as we mark Registered Dietician Nutritionist Day March 12, 2014.

Meredith Evans is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. As the clinical dietitian of the Western region of Kentucky, Meredith provides nutritional assessment and counseling for patients receiving care through our CCSHCN specialty clinics. Meredith develops nutrition materials for patients and families to help them follow through on their nutritional plans at home. She also acts as the wellness champ for the agency by participating on the state government wellness committee. As the agency's wellness champ, Meredith promotes wellness activities that can benefit coworkers and their families. Meredith also works closely with community partners and initiatives that promote healthy eating for kids such as the Partnership for a Fit KY. In addition, Meredith serves as volunteer faculty for the University of Kentucky Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition and supervises interns in the Dietetic Internship and Coordinated Program. 

Amy Turner is a graduate of Morehead State University with a bachelor's degree in clinical dietetics and the University of Kentucky dietetic internship. As the clinical dietitian of the Eastern region of Kentucky, Amy provides nutritional assessment and counseling for patients receiving care through our CCSHCN specialty clinics. Amy develops nutrition materials to help patients and families follow through on their nutritional plan at home. She also collaborates with community partners and initiatives that promote healthy eating for children such as the Partnership for a Fit KY. In addition, Amy supervises interns from the University of Kentucky Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition Dietetic Internship and Coordinated Program.

For more information about CCSHCN programs call 1 (800) 232-1160.

CCSHCN collaborates with DCBS and Home of the Innocents for Open Arms Program

Statewide News Release

Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3104; or
Jill Midkiff, (502) 564-7042, ext. 3465
Home of the Innocents Media Contact: Meredith Pack, (502) 596-1023 or (502) 553-8054

Center will offer comprehensive medical care to foster children
Project is collaboration of state agencies, Home of the Innocents

(Oct. 30, 2013) The Kentucky Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN) and the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) are pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Home of the Innocents to serve the medical needs of children in foster care.

Open Arms Children’s Heath, a service of Home of the Innocents, will provide primary care services to children in the Louisville area who are in out-of-home placements. The goal of the center is to meet the needs of children who often miss routine health care in a one-stop setting.

The CCSHCN will provide care coordination to DCBS foster families who receive services at the center. Care coordination ensures that children receive all the services they need, while reducing duplication. It is especially important for children in foster care or with special needs.

CCSHCN and DCBS are agencies of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Both departments share a goal to support the health and well-being of children and youth.

DCBS Commissioner Teresa James said the comprehensive care is needed since greater numbers of children with increasingly complicated and serious physical, mental health and developmental problems are coming into foster care.

“All children in foster care need to receive initial health screenings and comprehensive assessments of their medical developmental status," she said. “Pediatricians have an important role in all aspects of the foster care system. This partnership with the commission and Home of the Innocents ensures that role will be strong.”

CCSHCN Executive Director Jackie Richardson said the pairing is a perfect fit.

“CCSHCN has the medical expertise to assist DCBS with its medical services needs," she said. “Providing health care to foster children may take extra care and attention. These nurses and doctors are prepared to ask the right questions and provide necessary care even when little specific medical history is available."

Open Arms provides integrated health care including medical, dental, hearing, vision, radiology and behavioral health services for children with exceptional health care needs.

James and Richardson said their agencies are proud to work with Home of the Innocents.

“Home of the Innocents has long been a significant partner to this cabinet because of its commitment to caring for children,” Richardson said. “By providing comprehensive medical care for foster children, Open Arms Children’s Health is yet another model of its advocacy for child well-being.”

The center will offer services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until 8 p.m. at least one night a week and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at least two Saturdays per month.

About 7, 000 children are in out-of-home care in Kentucky.
See the DCBS website for more information about becoming a foster parent, log on to  or call (800) 232-5437 -- (800) 232-KIDS.

CCSHCN has 12 regional offices in Kentucky, including Louisville. The CCSHCN serves children and youth with physical disabilities to age 21.

For information about services through the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, call (800) 232-1160.

For information about Open Arms Children’s Health or to schedule an appointment, call (502) 596-1040.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state’s human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.

CCSHCN office can help you Kynect with health care

The Commission for Chlidren with Special Health Care Needs has kynectors in each office to help navigate the system and answer questions.

kynect is making it possible for Kentuckians without health insurance coverage to find plans that are affordable, regardless of pre-existing conditions. In its first week, more than 10,000 people completed applications through kynect.

To learn more about kynect, visit the website. For information through a CCSHCN office, visit our Commission Staff page.

Youth Forum 2013 happening on Oct. 19

The Youth Forum 2013 is an exciting event to help teens with special needs as they plan for the future. The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs and the Human Development Institute at UK are partnering for the forum on Oct. 19, 2013, in Louisville. The forum will be held at The Ramada Plaza Hotel, 9700 Bluegrass Pkwy, Louisville, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Youth with disabilities can sometimes have a difficult time transitioning from high school to the adult world. The forum will bring together young adults ages 21 to 30 with special health care needs who have successfully transitioned from high school. They will share their experiences in managing their transition to work, higher education and independent living. Topics for the forum include: education, relationships, finances, housing, career, mobility and transportation, and adult health care.

Participants in the forum will also have the opportunity to apply to become peer mentors to youth with special health care needs who are preparing to transition.

Register for the forum

Event flyer


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