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The Community-Based Systems of Care Work Group


Families caring for children with special needs often require services from many different service systems: medical, educational, vocational, social, legal and so on. The Community-Based Systems of Care Work Group advocates a coordinated and integrated system of services that families can easily access.

The Work at Hand
The Community-Based Systems of Care Work Group:

  • Recently completed a report on the implementation of Chapter 171, an act of the state legislature that requires seven public agencies to obtain substantial consumer input about the needs of people with disabilities.
  • Is now turning its attention to the issue of respite care for families of children with special health care needs.

The DME Access Project

The Consortium's DME Access Project:
Tracking Durable Medical Equipment (DME) from Recommendation to Delivery for CSHCN
is also rooted in the promotion of well coordinated, easily accessible community-based systems of care.




Kathy Ryan

Deborah Allen


The Implementation of Chapter 171
June, 2008

Additional Resources:

For articles, educational materials, and links to further information about community-based systems of care, please visit our Resource Center.

Other Work Groups:

Care Coordination

Family Participation

Medical Coverage Decision-Making

Medical Home

Transition to Adulthood