Category Archives: Colorado Resources

Family Voices Resource Blast

Resource eBlast July/August 2018
Sharing Resources for Families of Children with Special Healthcare Needs
 
Back to School Checklists for CYSHCN
Back to school time is around the corner!  These checklists can help guide your planning to ensure your child/youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) has a seamless return:
Looking for ideas of adaptive back to school supplies or supplies to contribute to classrooms? Let this list of ideas get your creative juices flowing!
Online options to get started with your shopping:
Have a tween or teen entering middle school this year? How do you support your child through the tumultuous time? Check out these tips from the Family Voices IMPACT project.

Part of transitioning to a new school year is figuring out how to ease kids from the more relaxed summer days and nights into a new school routine while continuing to get good sleep. This Family Voices resource addresses the tricky intersection of adolescence, sleep, and mental health.

Need Help Filing For Disability?

From our Friends at Easterseals Disability Services,

Do you know someone who need help filing for disability?  We’re here to help!

Refer them to our six one-hour webinars covering the following topics

(1) The Basics of SSI and SSDI                         (4) The SSA Work History Report

(2) The SSA Forms 3368, 827 & 1696             (5) The SSA Adult Function Report

(3) The Medical Eligibility Criteria                 (6) Transition from Childhood to Adult Disability

Register and find out more at http://www.easterseals.com/co/our-programs/dbs/webinar-trainings.html or see attached flyer!  If you have any questions, please contact me at bkish@eastersealscolorado.org or 303-515-1653.

Family Voices Awarded Federal Grant

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal Child Health Bureau has awarded Family Voices Colorado grant funding through May 31, 2022 to continue operating the Colorado Family-to-Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC). The purpose of this program is to provide information, education, technical assistance, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and the professionals who serve them.

In order to help address the challenges for families in accessing care, the F2F HICs Program was developed to fill the gaps in information and support for families of CYSHCN and the providers who care for them. Originally funded through a Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS) pilot program in 2005, and currently authorized and funded under Section 501(c)(1)(a) of the Social Security Act, the network of F2F HICs is a cornerstone of ongoing family engagement efforts. These centers are staffed by family members who have first-hand experience using health care services and programs for CYSHCN. This experience is used to provide support, patient-centered information, resources, and training to families and professionals around health issues faced by CYSHCN. Since the program’s inception in 2005, the network has grown from 29 to a total of 51 funded F2F HICs (one in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia), and the centers have more than quadrupled the number of families served. Data collected from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016 revealed that F2F HICs provided outreach and information to 995,246 families and 353,687 professionals and served a total of 169,241 families and 73,768 health professionals through individualized assistance and/or training from an F2F HIC.

The F2F HICs program fills a critical need for reliable information and support for all families with CYSHCN. Additionally, they serve as an important complement to, and resource for, other HRSA-funded programs that support direct health care service delivery or system infrastructure, such as Title V, and other programs that serve families with condition-specific health care needs.