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What is the Medical Home Initiative?

About

The Medical Home Initiative serves children with special health care needs or those at risk. Special health care needs are any chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition that requires any health care that is greater than what typical children require.

Our office works with those living in the Southwest Region of Connecticut from ages 0-21 years. The team is comprised of a physician champion who serves as the director, a pediatric nurse practitioner and a licensed clinical social worker who serve as care coordinators. A Care Coordinator is a skilled professional (social worker or nurse practitioner) who will work closely with you and will make all efforts to assist you and your child in accessing services to meet his or her special needs. This includes information about medical, educational, social, and recreational resources in your community; including, but not limited to, the 211 Infoline, summer camps and after-school programs.

Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) are those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and require health and related services beyond that required for children in general. In 2018, Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health estimated that there were approximately 138,665 CYSHCN in Connecticut.

Communities that the Southwest Region of the Medical Home Initiative Serves:

Soutwest Region Map (*)

  • Bridgeport
  • Darien
  • Easton
  • Fairfield
  • Greenwich
  • Monroe
  • New Canaan
  • Norwalk
  • Stamford
  • Stratford
  • Trumbull
  • Weston
  • Westport
  • Wilton

Resources

Resources

Healthcare

  • Autism, Asthma, ADHD, Behavioral health
  • Transition from Peds to Adults - Youth with Special Health Care Needs (ct.gov) – DPH website
  • Durable Medical Equipment - NEAT Center
  • Dental
  • Healthy Living (Obesity/BMI) - Attached bookmarks and handouts (will need a cleaner copy).

Community Resources

  • 211 Connecticut
  • Child Development Infoline
  • Diapers
  • ESL Classes
  • Clothing – Person 2 Person, Clothes to Kids
  • Transportation
  • Free tutoring/after school programs
  • Insurance – HUSKY; Access Health; Office of the Healthcare Advocate
  • Legal – Center for Children’s Advocacy

Housing

  • Charter Oak
  • Family Shelters
  • 211 Connecticut

Nutrition

  • Food banks
  • DSS
  • Farmers markets
  • WIC

Jobs

  • Local Employment Service centers

Parent Support

  • CTFSN
  • PATH
  • St. Joseph’s Parenting Center

Title V: RESPITE AND EXTENDED SERVICES FUNDS

Connecticut Medical Home Initiative at FAVOR, Inc. can provide information on respite funds and extended services.  They can be reached by calling 860.436.6544 or toll free at 1.855.436.6544.

Respite is planned or emergency temporary relief that can be offered once or multiple times to family caregivers who are caring for individuals with special needs such as a disability or chronic or terminal illness. Please note that due to the limited availability of funds, there is a $500 per family maximum per year for Respite funds, including camp within the availability of funds.

Source: Department of Public Health - Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Connecticut's Medical Home Initiative

Contact

Contact

Medical Home Initiative Southwest CT
For Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

1351 Washington Boulevard – 4th Floor
Stamford, CT 06902

Tel: 203.276.7552
Toll Free: 866.239.3907
Fax: 203.276.2134
Email: medicalhome@stamhealth.org

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