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Care Coordination for Children with Special Health Needs

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Raising a child with special health needs can be challenging and rewarding. It can also be confusing and exhausting for the whole family. You and your family may need the services of many different professionals and agencies.

What is care coordination?
Care coordination provides support for families by helping you find appropriate resources and coordinating services. The program is family driven and services are planned around the desires and concerns of your family. The goal is not to duplicate services but to assist those families who don't have a case manager through another program. When the needs of children with disabilities or chronic illness are identified early, secondary complications can be reduced or prevented.

Who can use care coordination?
The care coordination program serves families in Grand Forks county. Families with children age birth to 21 years who have a chronic illness or disabling condition, such as cleft lip and/or palate, heart conditions, asthma, diabetes, cerebral palsy, congenital anomalies, or other special health needs are eligible.

Cost of care coordination:
There is no charge for care coordination services. These services are funded through a grant from Children's Special Health Services (formerly Crippled Children's Services), North Dakota Department of Health.

Who to contact:
For further information or to make a referral, contact:

Ashley Howard, RN, BSN

Grand Forks Public Health Department
151 South 4th Street, Suite N301
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Phone: (701) 787-8100
Fax: (701) 787-8145

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Other resources of interest to families:

ARC Upper Valley Newsletter
Family Guide to Systems of Care for Children with Mental Health Needs
YMCA - Healthy Family Home
Current recalls - online resource for recalls of all types
Living with MRSA
Grand Forks Safe Kids Coalition
North Dakota Health Department Injury Prevention and Control