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Children with special health care needs (CSHCN) are those who have, or are at increased risk for, chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions, which require health and related services of a type beyond that, required by children generally.

Services available:

Health Care Coordination

Provides community based care coordinators to assist families to access needed healthcare and related services for children with chronic illness or disability, including help with finding medical, social, psychological, educational and financial assistance and resources.

Complex Care Clinic

The Complex Care Network is in the pilot stage with Special Medical Services. It is designed as a consultative model to evaluate children with chronic and complex health conditions, who would benefit from assistance addressing their health concerns and educational needs. The one time evaluation can be with an individual provider, as a group consultation, or a clinic appointment. The team consists of a developmental pediatrician, physical therapist, educator and feeding and swallowing specialist as appropriate.

Nutrition, Feeding and Swallowing (NFS) Program

Provides a statewide network of pediatric nutritionists and feeding specialists offering in home consultation.

Child Development Clinic

A statewide network of five programs to provide a community-based approach to state-of-the-art diagnostic evaluation services, for children ages 0-6 suspected of or at risk for altered developmental progress.

Psychology Consultation

Information and Referral Services are available to any family regardless of of financial eligibility. A major focus is triage to community services and problem-solving regarding gaps in mental health services.

The psychologist works with children who are enrolled with Care Coordination and provides family and school consultations, individual child assessments, and selected short-term treatment. Issues addressed include behavior management, learning problems and diagnosis, self-care concerns, and problems of therapeutic adherence and self-esteem.

Information and Referral

A variety of chronic illness or disabilities affecting children, as well as national, state and community resources is provided to families and the professional community. Referral to medical specialists experienced with children who have special health care needs (CSHCN) is available for children who already have a diagnosis and for children who may not yet have a diagnosis or are considered "at risk" of developing a chronic disease or disabling condition. Contacting professional staff directly, and/or using the e-mail feature on the Contact page is how we provide this service.

New Hampshire Family Voices (NHFV)

Is part of a national network of similar parent-administered organizations. The staff of NHFV consists of parents of CSHCN who can personally relate to the issues and concerns raised by families seeking assistance.

Partners in Health

A statewide community-based program that provides support to families of children with chronic health conditions or young adults, regardless of income. The program provides community events, education, and resource access.

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