Why a Community of Care?

More than 24,000 (12.5%) children in South Dakota have special health care needs.

The federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), together with its partners, has identified six core outcomes as critical indicators of success in implementing community-based systems of services mandated for all children with special health care needs under Title V, Healthy People 2010, and the President’s New Freedom Initiative.

Other states, including Massachusetts and Maryland, have emerged with models to help promote coordinated resources to meet the needs of children and youth. Using the national agenda, along with these emerging models and core outcomes as a starting point, South Dakota Parent Connection (SDPC) is guiding the initiative to create a system of care that promotes optimal health, functioning, and full participation in all aspects of life for South Dakota children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families.

The Community of Care (COC) consortium has the goal of creating a comprehensive system of services for children and youth with special health care needs. This cannot be addressed by a single program, but it can be accomplished though the concerted and coordinated efforts of diverse stakeholders, including families, providers, advocates, consumers, administrators, and professionals from the public and private service systems dedicated to improving systems of care for South Dakota children and their families.

For more information or to join in the efforts of the Community of Care, send us a request on the Contact page or call (800) 640-4553.