HCP Frequently Asked Questions
What is HCP?
HCP is a program for children and youth with special health care needs that helps improve their health, development and well being by promoting communication between families, providers and community resources and by connecting them to the care they need.
What does “HCP” stand for?
HCP is a program for children and youth with special health care needs. Before, the program was called the Handicapped Children's Program (HCP) and then the Health Care Program (HCP) for Children with Special Needs. Now, we are simply known as HCP.
What services does HCP provide?
HCP provides information and resources; care coordination; and specialty clinics.
HCP helps families find:
- Screenings and clinics including specialty care
- Medical care, health and community services
- Financial resources, including help with insurance
- Family support groups
- Transition services
- Answers to questions
What information and resources does HCP provide?
HCP provides information and resources to address a child’s behavioral, developmental, educational, financial, medical and/or social needs.
How will HCP help my family?
HCP’s nurse led teams have special knowledge of the complexities that families with children and youth with special health care needs experience that will:
- Listen to you.
- Evaluate your family’s needs.
- Talk to you about medical care services, insurance and more.
- Connect you with what you need.
- Introduce you to other parents and professionals that provide support.
- Partner with you so your child can reach their highest potential.
Who does HCP serve?
HCP assists Colorado children and youth from birth to age 21 with special health care needs.
How do I know if my child has a special health care need?
Your child may have a special health care need if they require health and related services more than that of other children generally.
Special health care needs can be:
- Physical, emotional or behavioral.
- Diagnosed or undiagnosed.
- Conditions that last a lifetime or end with treatment.
- Easy to see in a child (visible health care needs) or not seen at all (invisible health care needs).
Are there any restrictions or eligibility requirements to receive HCP services?
There are no restrictions or eligibility requirements based on income or diagnosis to receive HCP services.
What is care coordination?
Care coordination is a person-and-family-centered, team approach designed to meet the needs and preferences of individuals.
HCP care coordinators work with families as a team to:
- Advocate for the child
- Identify and prioritize needs
- Develop a plan to achieve goals
Is there a fee for HCP services?
HCP care coordination services are free. Families may be responsible for out-of-pocket costs for specialty clinics. Children are not required to have insurance to attend a specialty clinic. For more information, visit: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/specialty-care-clinics.
What are HCP specialty care clinics?
HCP hosts clinics to expand access to specialty care in rural and frontier communities of Colorado. Areas of specialty care include: neurology, orthopedics, and rehabilitation.
How do I find a specialty clinic?
To attend an HCP specialty clinic near you, ask your doctor for a referral. For a clinic location, contact information and dates, visit: www.hcpcolorado.org.
Where does HCP provide services?
HCP programs are located within local public health agencies throughout Colorado. For more information, visit: www.hcpcolorado.org.