For the first time in this country there
is a generation of youth with special health care needs, chronic
health conditions and disabilities who have survived beyond
their diagnosis / prognosis. For success in the classroom, in
the community and on the job, young people with special health
care needs must optimize their health potential. This requires
an understanding of their health needs and involvement in their
health care decision making. Access to quality care as youth
become adults will require transition from child centered to
an adult oriented systems of care.
||All youth with special health
care needs (YSHCN) receive the services necessary to transition
to all aspects of adulthood, including adult health care,
employment and independence.
In response to these issues the Maternal
and Child Health Bureau’s Division of Services for Children
with Special Health Care Needs (MCHB/DSCSHN) www.mchb.hrsa.gov has funded the development and demonstration of model Healthy
& Ready to Work (HRTW) state programs focused on of children
and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN).
PhD, Director, MCHB Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs (DSCSHN), HHS/HRSA
Lynda Honberg, Project Officer, HRSA/MCHB, Integrated Services Branch (ISB), Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs (DSCSHN)