Caring Program: Care Coordination for Children with Special Health Care Needs
The Caring Program: Care Coordination for Children with Special Health Care Needs is available free of charge to children enrolled in Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through Highmark. Families' CHIP benefits or eligibility are NOT impacted by participation in the Caring Program.
For children with chronic conditions and/or special health care needs, the Caring Program helps the children and their families by providing information, education and referrals that link the children with the specific resources they need.
The Caring Program enables families to gain needed services by providing family-centered, community-based care coordination to children with special health care needs and their families. It is a program that focuses on people, not on a particular condition or a disease.
At the heart of the Caring Program is care coordinationa process that links children with special health care needs and their families to services and resources in a coordinated way to maximize the children's health and quality of life.
The Caring Program's nurse Health Coaches can assist you with finding appropriate information regarding children with chronic conditions or special health care needs as well as help in locating medical and other resources. The Health Coaches can also provide valuable information to enhance communication with physicians, schools and community resources. The Health Coach often works directly with the community systems, including the educational, medical, social and financial systems, to support systems change that will foster collaboration and coordination of services.
The Caring Program is dedicated to working towards creating a system that is coordinated from within and is easily understood and guided by the parents and children who utilize the services.
Call the Caring Program's Toll-free number at 1-866-823-0892 if you would like more information on the program or have questions regarding your ability to participate in the program.