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Resources E-Blast- October/November 2018

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THIS ISSUE:  Many families in the U.S. recently navigated the transition from summer to school year. Families of children with special health care needs and disabilities often have multiple transitions in the pipeline.  This issue of the eBlast shares resources for a variety of types of transition.

 Transition “Starters” for Everyone   

For a place to start, check out this collection of resources on transition planning. Resources are divided by audience: general audience, parents, professionals, and students.

National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making Resource Library

From the comfort of your own home, find a transition planning tool or a document that explains a transition-related policy or law. This online resource library–and also checkout the Research Library–shares resources, guides, and toolkits to help people with disabilities and older adults exercise their Right to Make Choices.

Health Care Transition Resources for Youth and Families 

This page from our partner, Got Transition, defines health care transition and has a set of frequently asked questions answered by experienced youth, young adults, and parents.

Share Your Supported Decision Making Story

The National Center for Supported Decision Making wants to hear from you!  Share your family experience using supported decision making to assist youth or adults manage their lives and make informed decisions. Use the story collection form or contact Morgan Whitlatch at

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.

Family Voices is seeking a Family Navigator

Position Title: Health Information Center Coordinator and Family Navigator

Family Voices Colorado (FVC) is seeking a Family Navigator and coordinator of the Colorado Family to Family Health Information Center (F2FHIC).   The position may be combined as one full-time position or two part-time positions depending on the candidate(s).  The position is based at CBR YouthConnect’s (CBRYC) Lakewood Colorado office since FVC recently became a program of CBRYC.

Specific Responsibilities
The Family Navigator and F2FHIC Coordinator provides resources and system navigation for families experiencing barriers to care for a child with special health care needs. The Health Information Center is funded by a Federal grant recently renewed for four years.  In partnership with families, hospitals, providers, and community based agencies, the Family Navigator will actively engage in system navigation and advocacy on behalf of families. In addition, the Family Navigator coordinates the information center and works with partners to continuously develop and update resources for families, and provide information and training for families throughout Colorado.

Qualified candidates will have a deep commitment and passion for making Colorado a better place for children with special health care needs and must possess highly-developed communication skills both verbally and written and in English and Spanish. Applicants should be able to handle multiple tasks and work in a fast paced environment.  Additional qualifications include:

  • Family experience with a person with a disability (child, parent, sibling, and grandparent) preferred.
  • Bilingual/Bicultural Spanish and English required including writing proficiency (Test required).
  • Clinical and/or non-clinical education and/or experience with systems encountered by families who have a child with a special health care need preferred.
  • Applicants must have strong interpersonal skills and career interest in working effectively with diverse communities.
  • Applicant should be self-motivated, but also effective at working as part of a team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) required.
  • Proficiency with social media platforms (Facebook, and Twitter) required.
  • Reliable transportation, good driving record and motor vehicle insurance required.
  • College degree and/or equivalent work experience preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Additional benefits include health and dental insurance, company paid training, generous paid time off and holidays.

About CBR YouthConnect (CBRYC)

CBR YouthConnect’s  mission is to achieve excellence in providing troubled youth with the means to become hopeful and productive citizens. This is accomplished by serving at-risk children through person-centered, trauma-informed social work and clinical practice, with an emphasis on social-emotional learning and civic responsibility.  CBRYC has a long history in the Colorado community. The organization was established in 1959 and was previously known as the Colorado Boys’ Ranch, a nationally recognized, award-winning residential treatment and education center

How to Apply

Candidates may submit a cover letter, electronic resume, and salary requirements to

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