National Academy for State Health Policy —Connecticut 2014 CHIP Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides key information describing each state’s CHIP program at a time when states are both immersed in implementing the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act and Affordable Care Act.
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment Benefit: Conneticut State Information
This new resource page, developed by the National Academy for State Health Policy, provides state policymakers, Medicaid officials, and other interested parties with specific information about strategies for delivering this Medicaid benefit for children and adolescents in Connecticut.
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Medical Home Chapter Champions Program on Asthma, Allergy and Anaphylaxis
Through the support of the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA), the Medical Home Chapter Champions Program on Asthma, Allergy and Anaphylaxis facilitates the dissemination of best practices, evidence-based guidelines and resources in asthma and allergy care to pediatricians in their states, and supports pediatricians in serving as advocates for change at local, state and national levels. The program seeks to support a successful, national chapter champion network model, initiate a team-based, care coordination and co-management quality improvement learning community; and cultivate an enhanced focus on advocacy and policy. If you are interested in more information about the project, fill out the Contact Us form.
Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (2012)
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the awarding of grants to 10 states including the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health to provide early childhood supports and home visits to families. The funding has been awarded for the purpose of expanding or establishing home visiting programs that will provide for effective coordination and delivery of critical health, development, early learning, child abuse and neglect prevention, and family support services to at-risk children and families.
HUSKY Health Person-Centered Medical Home Initiative
Connecticut has introduced a person-centered medical home (PCMH) initiative within their redesign of the Medicaid program HUSKY Health. This program provides new payment incentives to health care practices and clinics that are meeting Level 2 or Level 3 National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) medical home recognition standards. The state offers support over a 24 month period to those practices not meeting Level 2 or Level 3 NCQA status and prepares them to this recognition. Connecticut mandates that all medical home practices participating in the HUSKY PCMH program meet federal Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment requirements. Specific pediatric outcome and process measures are tracked including developmental screenings, well-care visits, connection to dental services, and emergency department utilization. Additionally, patient experience with PCMHs and the Medicaid provider network (for both the adult and pediatric population) will be measured through customized CAHPS-PCMH surveys. For more information visit the NASHP Connecticut Medical Home State Page.
The Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Program
The ABCD Program was funded by The Commonwealth Fund, administered by National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), and designed to assist states in improving the delivery of early child development services for low-income children and their families by strengthening primary health care services and systems that support the healthy development of young children, ages 0-3. The program focused particularly on preventive care for children enrolled in state health care programs, especially Medicaid. The ABCD program ran from 2001-2013 and helped twenty-seven states create models of service delivery and financing through a laboratory for program development and innovation.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in Your State
HRSA in Your State offers overviews of HRSA programs and current information, such as the number and amount of grants awarded down to the County level. It also provides state-specific information about health centers, National Health Service Corps members and the communities they serve, and the number of participating providers through the 340B program.
Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) State Contacts
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) launched the State Maternal and Child Health Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Initiative to implement the MCHB Strategic Plan for Early Childhood Health. The purpose of ECCS is to support states and communities in their efforts to build and integrate early childhood service systems that address the critical components of access to comprehensive health services and medical homes; social-emotional development and mental health of young children; early care and education; parenting education, and family support. For additional information, you can look up your state's ECCS Grantee Contact or Grantee Web site.
AAP: Community Pediatrics Grant Database
The Community Pediatrics Grant Database archives previously funded Community Pediatrics grant projects, including those funded through the CATCH Program, the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program, the Community Pediatrics Training Initiative, and the Healthy People 2010 Chapter Grants. The database is searchable by seven major categories: target population; health topic; state/territory; project activity; AAP program; AAP district; and project year. Members of the AAP can obtain grantee contact information by searching through the Member Center. If you are not an AAP member, but have questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This section provides information on state organizations that play a role in implementing various aspects of medical home, and includes links to their Web sites and contact information.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Chapter—Connecticut
AAP chapters are organized groups of pediatrician members and other health care professionals working to achieve AAP goals in their communities. Please contact your local chapter for additional state resources.
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Chapter—Connecticut
AAFP represents more than 94,000 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students.
Family Voices Chapter—Connecticut
Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and/or disabilities. Through a national network of chapters, they provide families with tools to advocate for improved public and private policies, and build partnerships among professionals and families.
Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HICs)
F2F HICs are non-profit organizations that help families of CYSHCN and the professionals who serve them. F2F HICs are typically staffed by parents of CYSHCN who understand the issues that families face, provide advice, offer resources, and tap into a network of other families and professionals for support and information.
PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of CT
Address: PO Box 117, Northford, CT 06472-0117
Phone: 203/234-9554 | Fax: 203/234-1876 | Toll-Free: 800/399-7284
Primary Contact(s): Carmina Cirioli & Nanfi Lubogo
Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Director & Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Director
Title V of the Social Security Act is the nation's oldest federal program to improve the health of all mothers, infants, children, adolescents, and CSHCN. Title V is administered by the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) as a block grant to states to support core public health functions, such as care coordination and rehabilitation services.
Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Contact(s)
State EHDI programs promote universal newborn hearing screening, develop effective tracking and follow-up as a part of the public health system, promote appropriate and timely diagnosis of hearing loss, prompt enrollment in appropriate early intervention, ensure a medical home for all newborns, and strive to eliminate geographic and financial barriers to service access.
State Newborn Screening & Genetics Programs
Early Intervention/Part C Coordinators
The Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C of IDEA) is a federal grant program that assists states in operating a comprehensive statewide program of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth through 2 years, and their families.
State Section 619/Special Education for ages 3-5 Coordinators
This program provides free appropriate public education (FAPE) for children, ages 3 through 5 years, with disabilities.
State Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) Chairs
This program advises appropriate agencies on the unmet needs in early childhood special education and early intervention programs for children with disabilities, assists in the development and implementation of policies that constitute a statewide system, and assists all appropriate agencies in achieving full participation, coordination, and cooperation for implementation of statewide system.
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
CHIP is Title XXI of the Social Security Act and is a state and federal partnership that targets uninsured children and pregnant women in families with incomes too high to qualify for most state Medicaid programs, but often too low to afford private coverage. Within federal guidelines, each state determines the design of its individual CHIP program, including eligibility parameters, benefit packages, and administrative procedures. The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) of 2009 re-authorized the program through FY 2013, and includes many incentives for states to find and enroll more eligible children in both Medicaid and CHIP. CHIPRA also includes quality provisions that aim to monitor and improve care delivered through the Medicaid and CHIP programs. Each state does have a CHIP program, and the names of these programs differ from state to state. To find information on health coverage programs in your state, visit the InsureKidsNow.gov Web site.
Medicaid State Directors
Medicaid is Title XIX of the Social Security Act and is a federal/state entitlement program that provides medical assistance to certain individuals and families with low incomes and/or special health care needs. Medicaid is of unique importance to children; together with the CHIP, Medicaid insures more than one in four children in the United States, with millions more eligible but currently unenrolled. The Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program is a critical component of Medicaid, which guarantees that children enrolled in Medicaid are screened for medical or developmental problems early, and that necessary treatments and services are provided. To find information on health coverage programs in your state, visit the InsureKidsNow.gov Web site.
Community Health Centers in the State
HRSA provides a searchable database of federally-funded health centers. Health centers provide care to those with or without health insurance including well-care check ups, treatment when sick, complete care during pregnancy, immunizations and checkups for children, dental care, prescription drugs, and mental health and substance abuse care.
Regional Extension Centers (RECs)
Health Information Technology RECs support and serve health care providers to help them quickly become adept and meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs). RECs are designed to make sure that primary care clinicians get the help they need to use EHRs by providing training in adopting EHRs, guidance with implementation, and technical assistance as needed.
Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow (HMG) is a collaborative, cross-sector system that assists states in identifying at-risk children, then helping families find community-based programs and services. The organization and its affiliates do not provide direct services. Rather, it is a system for improving access to existing resources and services for children through age eight. States affiliated with the Help Me Grow National Center use the HMG system to implement effective, universal, early surveillance and screening for all children, and then link them to existing quality programs.
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Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)—Connecticut State Profile
These state profiles provide a snapshot of how the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant (Title V) works in specific states. The profiles detail the federal funds appropriated to each state, state match, specific programs funded, numbers of people receiving services and state health needs.
Early Childhood State Policy Profiles
National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)
NCCP’s Early Childhood Profiles were produced as part of the Improving the Odds for Young Children project. These comprehensive profiles highlight states’ policy choices that promote health, education, and strong families alongside other contextual data related to the well-being of young children.
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Medical Home Data Portal—State Data Pages
Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative
The Medical Home State Data Portal profiles provide a state’s medical home performance level for all children and children with special health care needs, based on data from the 2009/2010 National Survey on Children with Special Health Care Needs, 2007 National Survey on Children's Health and the 2005/2006 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs.
State-at-a-Glance Chartbook on Coverage and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
The Catalyst Center
The Online State-at-a-Glance Chartbook provides data on carefully selected indicators of health coverage and health care financing for CYSHCN. Using the online Chartbook, you can access data for your state and easily compare it with both national averages and other states' data.
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AAP Child Health Informatics Center—State and Territory Specific HIT Resources
This page on the AAP Child Health Informatics Center (CHIC) Web site allows you to identify pediatric specific HIT resources by state related to Meaningful Use, Regional Extension Centers, State Health Information Exchanges, and other important information.
Adoption of the Medical Home in Connecticut
Aseltine RH, Katz MC, Geragosian AH. Connecticut Medicine. 2010;74(10):601-607.
The Connecticut State Medical Society has released the second and final report from the Connecticut 2009 Primary Care Survey, examining the adoption of the medical home model of care in physician offices throughout the state. The research indicates that while some elements of this patient-centered, coordinated-care model are found in a majority of family medicine, internal medicine and pediatric practices, the adoption of the entire medical home model is in its infancy in Connecticut. However, the results of the survey also showed that use of advanced or open access scheduling dramatically reduced patient wait times for physician appointments.
CT-KASA (Kids As Self Advocates) Transitions Resources
Medical Home Care Approach Improves Efficiency and Care at Clinic for Low-Income Families
Implementing a medical home practice model in a health clinic allows physicians and staff to provide comprehensive care to more patients, and to offer preventive programs and services. This can improve patients' compliance with their doctors' recommendations and reduce emergency room visits and hospital admissions, according to research conducted at a Connecticut clinic presented at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco on October 4, 2010.
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