Building Connections to Build Better Care

Consortium Outreach
Monthly E-Newsletter of the Massachusetts Consortium for Children with Special Health Care Needs




March, 2009

Dear Consortium Members and Friends,

The Massachusetts Consortium for Children with Special Health Care Needs is moving to virtual office space as of April 1. You'll still be able to find us online at, and you'll still be able to reach individual staff members at their current e-mail addresses.  

The decision to leave our office on Tremont Street reflects the Consortium's financial situation. The federal funding that largely sustained the Consortium since its inception in 1999 became unavailable after 2006, and while additional grants and funding have been critical to our work, they are not enough to continue operating our physical office. In today's economic climate, we are far from alone in facing these challenges. But while our offices may now be virtual, our work remains very real.

The policy meeting we held in December underscored the importance of having a forum for collaboration among all participants in the system of care for children with special health care needs and their families. The legislative work we announced in January relating to durable medical equipment for CSHCN marked a new milestone for the kind of impact the Consortium can have. We are proud of these accomplishments, and our current work focuses on extending their impact.

At the same time, the Consortium's Steering Committee continues to explore options for sustaining the Consortium, both in the short term and over the long haul.  As we steward the organization through these uncharted waters, we remain firmly committed to our mission of systems improvement for children with special health care needs and their families -- a mission that is more important now than ever before.

Keep your eye out for next month's Consortium Outreach, and stay tuned to the website for updates on what comes next for the Consortium.

So many people have expressed their support for the Consortium and all it has accomplished over the last ten years. My very deep and heartfelt thanks to everyone who continues to believe in our mission and support our work.

Warm regards,
Chris Fluet
Executive Director
Massachusetts Consortium for Children with Special Health Care Needs