Health and Family Services Cabinet
Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs announced youth advisory council
The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN) today announced the members of its Youth Advisory Council (YAC).
YAC consists of 15 members ranging in age from 14 to 23 chosen from across the commonwealth through an application process. All have special health care needs.
The YAC members are: Christopher Gilbert of Philpot; Lindy Griffith of Georgetown; Logan Hoggard, Odell Roach and Madison Warren of Henderson; Joan Howell, Amanda Walden and Jared Whitfield of Louisville; Katherine Lewis of McKee; Samantha Littlepage of Eddyville; Pinalben Patel of Paducah; Steven Spencer of Bonnyman; Amanda Velez of Radcliff; Jeremy West of Corbin; and Alishia Wing of Hardinsburg.
The commission values and respects the voice, expertise and life skill experience of youth with special health care needs and created the YAC to provide a forum where young people can be heard and have an influence on CCSHCN service delivery policies. YAC members will provide recommendations to help educate service providers and society about issues important to youth with special health care needs. They also will help create educational materials and programs for youth and their families.
The council held its first meeting Oct. 1 in Bowling Green and will continue to meet quarterly in various locations across Kentucky.
The CCSHCN, an agency of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, operates 14 regional offices in Kentucky and serves children and youth to age 21 who have physical disabilities. For more information about CCSHCN and its services, call 1-800-232-1160.