Care Connection for Children, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health, is a statewide network of regional programs that provides health care coordination, community support and resources to children with special health care needs.
Carilion Clinic is one of six Virginia provider networks to participate in the Care Connection for Children initiative that gives local kids with special health care needs access to optimally effective, community-based medical and support services. The program ensures increased access to specialty care, as well as assistance with obtaining health insurance, accessing area resources and determining eligibility for outside funding.
Care Connection’s team-based approach pulls together case managers, medical personnel, educators and family members to determine how children with special health care needs can reach their maximum potential. We serve as a lifeline in gaining access to and coordinating the many different services that can help a child with a physical disability.
Care Connection Child Eligibility
In order to be considered for the Care Connection program, you must meet the follow criteria:
- Live in Virginia
- Be under age 21
- Have a diagnosed physical disorder that is expected to last longer than 12 months
- Cerebral palsy
- Cleft lip and palate
- Cystic fibrosis
- Hearing impairment/deafness
- Juvenile arthritis
- Marfan syndrome
- Spina bifida
Care coordinators can connect families with:
- Local health care providers who have expertise with children with special health care needs
- Health care payment options
- Resources from the community
- School programs and services
- Other families experiencing similar situations