We’re moving!

After three and a half years with The Partnership for Families and Children (The Partnership), Family Voices Colorado is moving to new office spaceat The Anschutz Medical Campus, near the University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Our new address, as of September 10, 2012, is:

Family Voices Colorado
13199 E. Montview Blvd.
Suite 200
Aurora, CO 80045

Our main phone and fax numbers, as well as email addresses, remain the same. This Friday, September 7, our phones will be down as we transfer the system. You can email staff directly, or info@familyvoicesco.org if you need urgent assistance on Friday.

The move itself will take place September 10 – 14, so we will have limited staff availability that week to respond to calls and emails, but we will do our best to reply in a timely manner. We will be fully operational at the new location by Monday, September 17.

The reason for our move is that The Partnership is selling the building at 450 Lincoln Street. We will now be leasing space from CPC Clinical Research (CPC), an academic research organization that is dedicated to improving health through clinical research and integrating evidence into community prevention programs. We trust that this connection with CPC will be as fruitful as our collaboration with The Partnership has been.

We will be sending out our Fall Newsletter in a couple weeks, which will include information on an Open House later this month and updates on all the changes we’ve been through this summer.  In the meantime, “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or make sure you are signed up for our email list to stay connected. Please feel free to forward this announcement to friends or colleagues who may be interested.

If you have any questions, or need help navigating the complex health care and disability services systems, please don’t hesitate to call us at 303-733-3000, or toll-free at 800-881-8272.

What is a medical home?

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A medical home provides comprehensive, coordinated, culturally competent, family-centered, community based care. From the National Center for Medical Home Implementation:

A family-centered medical home is not a building, house, hospital, or home healthcare service, but rather an approach to providing comprehensive primary care.

In a family-centered medical home the pediatric care team works in partnership with a child and a child’s family to assure that all of the medical and non-medical needs of the patient are met.

At Family Voices Colorado, we believe that every child and youth deserves a medical home.  But it’s especially important for children with special health care needs, who require more care or services than typical kids. Practices certified as medical homes are committed to making sure patients and families are partners in decision-making, and they go the extra mile in helping families access, understand, and coordinate care, from surgery to occupational therapy; from oral health to mental health; from medication to augmentative communication devices.

Family Voices is committed to supporting practices that are or want to become certified as medical homes at every step of the process, from conducting the Medical Home Index and Family Surveys to Quality Improvement projects and ongoing support. We help providers better understand and navigate insurance or disability systems on behalf of patients and families. We also help families who are looking for providers certified as medical homes, especially those that accept Medicaid and CHP+.

If you would like to learn more about becoming or finding a medical home in your area, call us today at 303-733-3000 or 800-881-8272.

Training opportunities & other events

TrainingOur new site here will feature frequent updates on community resources; training opportunities; other local, state, or national events; developments in state or national legislation and other policy issues; and other resources that we believe may be helpful to families of children with special needs and the professionals who work with them. If you have any questions, we are here to help: call us at 303-733-3000 or 800-881-8272.

Resources posted to our Facebook page in the last week:

Create a Care Notebook: Learn how to create a Care Notebook for your child with complex needs. Families Helping Families of Jefferson (a Louisiana organization) is offering an online training Tuesday, August 21, at 12:30pm Central/11:30am Mountain. Learn more and sign up here.

Dual Diagnosis Webinar: If someone in your family has been diagnosed with both a developmental disability and a mental illness, check out Advocacy Denver & Aurora Mental Health’s webinar on Tuesday, August 28 at 1:30pm MDT on the Challenges of a Dual Diagnosis. Register here.

Picnic with other parents: Connect with other families and have a good time in a relaxed environment at Parent to Parent‘s annual picnic, “Rejuvenation on the Journey,” Saturday, September 8, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Learn more.

Leadership Training: Want to get more involved in your community? Denver Metro Community Parent Resource Center is offering Leaders Empowering and Developing (LEAD), which is civic leadership training for adults with developmental disabilities and family members of children with developmental disabilities. Sessions will take place the 3rd Friday of each month from October 2012 to June 2013 at Aurora Mental Health, 11059 E. Bethany Drive, Aurora, CO 80014. Learn more from CPRC’s site; scroll down for contact information and a link to the application form.

Making Colorado a better place for children and youth with special health care needs