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Transition to Adulthood Training Curriculum
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In addition to the
invitations and monthly
soon begin receiving
alerts. These brief e-mail
messages will let you know about timely
actions you can take to
help improve the lives
of children and families
In the Spotlight:
Judith S. Palfrey
(AAP) has elected
Judith S. Palfrey, MD,
FAAP, as its new
advocate for children
with special health
care needs, Dr. Palfrey
has long been a
supporter of the
Consortium. We wish
her well in her new
Wins a FREDDIE
Creating a Full Life is
the winner of the 2008
and Medical Media
Award in the category
of programs dealing
with coping issues.
Designed to train
to children and
Arc was developed
jointly by the American
National Center of
Initiatives for Children
with Special Needs and Carepoints.
Consortium members may recall screening
the DVD at last year's
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Dear Consortium Members and Friends,
Welcome to the Consortium Outreach, a new, monthly e-newsletter to
keep you updated on all the Consortium's activities.
We announced last spring that big things were happening. The
Consortium was about to become independent from New England
SERVE, I had just assumed the role of Executive Director, and we were
facing an uncertain future as longstanding federal support was no longer
available to us.
Four months later, big things are still happening. We've reached
important milestones in our collaborative projects, released new
publications, and begun a critical new partnership with the
Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
As for the shift in the Consortium's funding structure, we unfortunately
have had to discontinue the activities of the Family-Professional Partners
Institute. It is always regrettable when a successful program like the
Institute ends due to a lack of funding, especially when it has made such
a clear and positive impact. The individuals and organizations who
created the Institute and participated in its partnerships have much to be
The Consortium, of course, is far from alone in having to adapt in the
current economy. What's important is that we are continuing to move
forward, working to improve the system of care for children and families.
This e-newsletter is a case in point. Over the past year or so, meetings
of our large group have had to become less frequent. To maintain
connections with our members between meetings -- and to make the best
use of our resources -- we plan to take advantage of communications
technology in new ways. The Consortium Outreach is a first step. (More
information in the sidebar -- and in the months ahead.)
In the meantime, I am pleased to report the following updates on
CSHCN National Performance Objectives
The MA Department of Public Health has tapped the Consortium to
collaborate on its CSHCN National Performance Objectives Project.
We're working together to strategize ways to grow the system of care for
CSHCN, close the gaps and raise public and legislative awareness of the needs of this population.
Family-Professional Partnership Publications
In its role as a partnership broker, the Family-Professional Partners Institute facilitated 16 successful partnerships, demonstrating a range of sustainable roles for family members in a range of organizations.
Structure & Spark! Building Family Professional Partnerships to Improve Care for Children with Special Health Needs is a 100+ page publication that outlines the Institute's model, describes its activities as a partnership broker, and incorporates the best knowledge gained from its experience.
The Power of Partnership: Sixteen Family-Professional Partnerships That Are Making a Difference for Children with Special Health Care Needs describes the Institute's 16 partnerships in a concise booklet.
Click on publications for more information and free downloads.
Chapter 171 Implementation Report
The Community-Based Systems of Care Work Group (chaired by Kathy Ryan, Carter Development Center) recently completed a report on the implementation of Chapter 171. This is an act of the state legislature that requires seven public agencies to obtain substantial consumer input about the needs of people with disabilities. The report was prepared by the Work Group for Massachusetts' Family-to-Family Health Information Center.
Transition to Adulthood Training Curriculum
After training nearly 100 care coordinators, case managers, social workers and others who work with youth with special health care needs (YSHCN) and their families, the Consortium released its Make Things Happen curriculum. Make Things Happen is designed to help YSHCN prepare for adult life. The curriculum and other materials are available on the Consortium's web site.
The Medical Home Work Group (chaired by Dr. Beverly Nazarian,
UMass Medical Center) has turned its attention to a critical issue in the implementation of medical homes: reimbursement. The group is
identifying the clinical activities of the pediatric medical home, and
beginning to work with two pediatric practices -- one in a hospital setting,
the other community-based -- to learn how these activities are currently
The Community-Based Systems of Care Work Group is researching
respite care services for families of children with special health care
needs. The findings will be used to create a resource to help Massachusetts families access respite care.
Working with a multicultural focus group of parents of CSHCN, the
Consortium is developing materials for Opening Doors for Children and
Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs, a collaboration of
Children's Hospital Boston and the Institute for Community Inclusion at
Massachusetts Consortium for Children
with Special Health Care Needs