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This list highlights some of the major tools available to help health care providers and families provide family-centered, coordinated primary care for children and youth with special needs.

These tools, primarily developed or adapted for use in Washington State, are described in more details in other parts of this or linked websites. They are provided here for quick access.

NOTE: Many of these resources were developed or adapted by organizations funded by the Washington State Department of Health Children with Special Health Care Needs. The Washington State Medical Home Leadership Network and Washington State Medical Home Website, the Adolescent Health Transition Project, the Center for Children with Special Needs have all developed tools to support medical home partnerships that are linked to below.

Provider Tools

Referral Form for Early Intervention

  • Early Intervention Referral Form for Providers in Washington State- Birth to Age 3
    Sample Early Intervention Referral from physicians’ offices can use with the Lead Family Resources Coordinators in their county (talk with Lead FRC before using).  Consent for use or disclosure of health information between healthcare providers and early intervention.
  • Universal Referral Form
    created jointly by the AAP and the Training, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence (TRACE). Includes release of information from parents for provider to share with EI program and checkbox for information you would like returned to you from the EI program.

Care Plans

Medical Consultation

  • MEDCON is a toll-free consultation and referral service of the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine and its academic medical centers, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Harborview Medical Center and UW Medical Center. As a major resource for education, medical discovery and patient care, UW School of Medicine places particular importance on its communication with practicing physicians. The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A Medcon consultation coordinator will connect you with the appropriate expert.Call toll free 800.326.5300 (Seattle area: 206-543-5300) or email medcon@uw.edu

Diagnoses-Specific Care Guidelines and Patient Education Materials

Family Tools

    • Emergency Care Plan for Children with Special Health Care Needs
      From the American Academy of Pediatrics

      • Blank Emergency Information Form pdf
      • Sample Emergency Information Form pdf
      • Emergency Preparedness Instructions for Parents (how to use the form)
    • MedlinePlus
      Website directs patients/families to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from the National Libraries of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included and give easy access to medical journal articles.Also: extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news. In English and Spanish.

Resource Lists

Transition