The Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs (HCP) at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), in collaboration with local public health agencies throughout the state of Colorado, seeks to ensure statewide access to pediatric specialty care by supporting HCP Pediatric Specialty Clinics for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN).
The clinics exist to provide access to pediatric specialty care for children and youth with special health care needs and their families living in rural and frontier counties in Colorado where pediatric medical specialists are least available. The clinics are designed to offer specialized clinic services and specialized pediatric medical expertise to children, youth and their families and primary care providers.
HCP within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, contracts with the Regents of the University of Colorado so pediatric specialists from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado can travel to rural areas of the state to provide care.
These pediatric specialists:
Definition of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau 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.” (McPherson, et al., 1998).
How can a child or youth attend a HCP Specialty Clinic?
Contact the child’s primary care provider to receive a referral or contact a clinic coordinator or public health nurse to receive assistance with getting a clinic appointment.
To contact a HCP Specialty Clinic Coordinator:
|HCP Specialty Clinic Locations||Type of Clinics||Contact Information for Clinic Coordinator|
Mesa County Health Department
|Neurology and Rehabilitation||
Delta County Health Department
Montrose County Department of Health and Human Services
|Neurology||Ruth Ann Bohler
|Sterling and Fort Morgan
Northeast Colorado Health Department
|Neurology, Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation||Sherri Yahn
San Juan Basin Health Department
|Neurology and Rehabilitation||Suzanne Austin
Alamosa County Public Health Department
|Neurology and Rehabilitation||Kelly Robinson
Pueblo City County Health Department
|Neurology, Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation||Ginny Hunasaker
Otero County Public Health Department
|Neurology and Rehabilitation||Ginny Hunasaker
What can a family expect when a child or youth attends a HCP Specialty Clinic?
Attending a HCP Specialty Clinic is an opportunity for a child or youth with special health care needs to see a pediatric specialist in a rural community without driving to a large urban area. It is an opportunity to ask questions about a child’s care, medication, day to day concerns and possible resources.
The HCP specialty clinic coordinator or a public health nurse will:
Does it cost to attend a HCP Specialty Clinic?
Clinic Support Fee for a HCP Specialty Clinic Visit
HCP charges clinic support fees to provide financial support and to cover expenses related to hosting the clinics, such as clinic supplies and equipment.
Insurance coverage for a HCP specialty clinic visit:
University Physicians (UPI), Inc, may bill Medicaid, CHP+ and private insurance companies for the clinic visit.