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Linking Families to Needed Resources and Support

A key part of medical homes is making sure that children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families are linked to needed medical and non-medical services.

For health care providers, linking can involve referring a family to a service, sharing a handout of local services with recommended services circled, posting materials with community resources in in waiting rooms, and keeping up-to-date on what’s available (or knowing who does).

Community service providers can make sure health care providers, health plans, family organizations and others know about available services as well as help families access and coordinate services.

Ideally, families will be given information about available services and support as soon as a concern is identified.  Finding out your child has a possible health or developmental problem can feel overwhelming. However, as part of your child’s medical home team, you are not alone.   Discuss your child’s needs and family preferences with your child’s health care providers.  Ask for recommendations for services, including help keeping all the services coordinated.  Give your health care providers feedback on the services they refer you to.

In the Resource and Support Section

  • Quick Key Resources
    How can you quickly get help finding services
  • Resources by County
    What services for children and youth with special health care needs and their families are available in your county
  • Service Provider Directories
    Databases you can search to find health care providers or facilities
  • E-Newsletters / Listservs
    How to stay updated on what new information, training or resources are available for CYSHCN and their medical homes partners
  • Conferences
    Links to updated lists of relevant conferences and trainings for clinicians, community service providers and families in Washington State