We all need a little support every now and again. Some of us need a little more than others or need it more consistently. LCHD is proud to be able to provide three different programs to help those community members who may need something extra. Two programs are state and national options we provide through partnerships, with the last being a Lincoln County-focused option.
Provided in partnership with the NorthEast Washington Education Service District 101, the Birth to Three program provides screenings to help identify children with special needs and/or developmental issues. For those who need them, Birth to Three helps connect families with early intervention services and supports to help the child reach their full potential.
ParentHelp123 is a resource for parents and caregivers, which provides free, online physical and emotional developmental screenings. It also provides other resources which can support parents with children of all ages.
Strong Start is a free and secure data system where parents, legal guardians, and health care providers can centrally enter and access screening information. It was created to centralize information and provide a comprehensive picture of the developmental of the child, allowing for better supports and resources.
The CYSHCN Program provides access to a public health nurse who will help in care coordination. This means they are able to help find resources, programs, services, and other supports which can help the child and family thrive.
In certain circumstances, the CYSHCN Program may be able to provide financial aid for medical services and equipment. In order to qualify, all other funding sources must be explored first and fall short of meeting the need.
For families with children under the age of 18 who have special health care needs, the CYSHCN program provides free support and care coordination with a public health nurse. They are able to assess the child and family’s needs, help plan for medical care, connect the families to resources, and ensure the services needed are provided. Our nurses will meet with the families at the office or come to the family’s home. We can also provide support over the phone.
Children must be under the age of 18 and be at risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional issues. Some examples of potential conditions include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Hearing Deficits
- Down Syndrome
- Heart Disease
- Children in Foster or Kinship Care
These are not the only conditions, but rather examples of potential conditions.