Vision: All Colorado children with special health care needs will be valued, integrated and thriving.
Mission: To ensure that children with special health care needs have the opportunity to grow, learn and develop to their highest individual potential.
Population Served: The Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs serves Colorado children and youth with special needs age birth to 21.
The Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs (HCP) is a resource for families, health care providers, and communities. HCP seeks to ensure access to integrated, family-centered, culturally competent, community-based programs and services for families with children and youth with special needs. HCP works closely with state agency partners and local public health agencies to implement three core program components:
Definition of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
HCP defines children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) as “those who have, or are at increased risk for having, a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children [and youth] generally.”
(Maternal and Child Health Bureau McPherson, et al., 1998).
How Can HCP help?
The Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs may help families with:
Six National Maternal and Child Health Performance Measures: MCH has identified core optimal outcomes for children and youth with special health care needs and their families. These six national outcome measures guide program efforts:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Jennie Munthali, Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs Unit Manager
Angela (Angie) Goodger, HCP Specialty Clinic Coordinator
Jane Gerberding, RN, Program Manager/Consultant, Systems Development for CSHCN
Annie Whitehouse, RN, Program Manager/Consultant, HCP Care Coordination
Dale Knochenmus, HCP Data Coordinator/Help Desk
Laura Zuniga, HCP Specialty Clinic Data
Eileen T. Forlenza, Family Leadership Initiative Director
Find your local public health agency: Local Public Health Agencies
Map of Colorado Counties showing HCP Care Coordination and the locations of the HCP Regional Specialty Clinics: HCP Specialty Clinics with Care Coodination
To contact a HCP Specialty Clinic Coordinator:
HCP Policy and Guidelines
H-PAC Meeting Minutes
CYSHCN Data System
Health Referral Form for HCP Care Coordination and HCP Specialty Clinics
HCP Specialty Clinic Forms
HCP Care Coordination Forms
Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs Brochure
HCP Care Coordination Training
HCP Local Systems Development
Early Intervention (EI) Colorado
Pediatric Home Health Care Services
Transition to Adult Health Care
The Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Data Set contains recent Colorado and national data including maternal and child health performance measures as well as other measures of interest for the CSHCN population.
Performance measures are determined by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau and by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and are used to facilitate local public health planning.
HCP supplemental data represents additional measures selected by the Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs (HCP) at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to identify areas of need for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and are used to identify priorities for local public health planning.
FY2013 CYSHCN Data System Reports
Released Spring 2013 for FY2012
Released February 2012 for FY2011
Released February 2010 for FY2009
Released February 2009 for FY2008
CYSHCN Menu of Reports
The Health Status of Colorado's Maternal and Child Health Population, June 2010 Report (Revised 02/18/2011)
Health Status June 2010 Report, Chapter 5 – Child Health (includes CYSHCN data)
Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Colorado Child Health Survey
Health Statistics, Colorado Department of Public and Environment
Medical Home among Colorado Children Ages 1-14
The Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs (HCP) is administered through the public health system at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as part of Maternal and Child Health and the Children and Youth Branch in Prevention Services Division.
Maternal and Child Health emphasizes the importance of delivering primary prevention and early intervention services at multiple levels with the focus and emphasis on strategies targeting population-based and infrastructure levels in order to have the greatest impact on the MCH population.
Colorado state contracts are signed annually with local public health agencies to support local HCP services for children with special health care needs at the county level. Local HCP services include HCP Care Coordination, HCP Specialty Care Clinics and medical home systems development. State level activities include support for development and maintenance of comprehensive health service systems, standards/guidelines, training, data, planning and evaluation.
Early Intervention Colorado (EI)
Newborn Screening Follow-up Program
Newborn Screening Follow-up Program
My Baby’s Hearing (website with information for parents):
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind:
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
Children and Youth with Special Needs
Improving Health of Children and Youth
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