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What It Is

In collaboration with the Department for Community Based Services, the Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs (OCSHCN) operates two programs specifically developed to support Kentucky's child welfare system: the Medically Complex Foster Care Program and the OCSHCN Nurse Consultant Foster Care Support Program.

Medically Complex Foster Care Program

The Medically Complex Foster Care Program provides nursing consultation for medically complex children in out of home placements. Registered nurses partner with members of a child's support system to facilitate individualized health plans and conduct monthly home visits to the foster home or other placement setting. Approximately 140 children statewide currently are served.

OCSHCN Nurse Consultant Foster Care Support Program

The OCSHCN Nurse Consultant Foster Care Support Program includes all children in or at risk for out-of-home-care. Currently, more than 8,000 Kentucky children are in out-of-home placement. 

The Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs offers a nurse consultant in each of the nine DCBS service regions to provide consultation to social service workers and foster care families on medical issues. These nurse consultants may interpret medical records and reports, assure updated Medical Passports, enhance care coordination of all services and track the utilization of all health services including prevention and wellness programs.

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