Support for children with special health needs and their families.

Navigating health care, child care, insurance and resources for children with special health needs can be challenging. Our team of medical social workers are located throughout the state to help children, their families,and the providers who care for them.

Here are some of the ways we help families and caregivers:

  • Navigate the healthcare system
  • Make referrals for respite funding for parents and caregivers who need a break
  • Coordinate with the various providers caring for a child
  • Collaborate with schools and special educators to create meaningful and appropriate educational plans
  • Access health insurance, medical care, and services
  • Identify services and resources that may be helpful for a child and family
  • Assist with transitions from services throughout a child’s life
  • Plan and prepare for adulthood
  • Connect with other specialty services within CSHN, see quick links
Care Consultation Team

The Care Consultation Team provides information and support to families, care teams, and community partners to help them access resources and reduce barriers. We support teams that support families. Our involvement is short term and on an as needed basis until a child's 21st birthday.

Health Systems Team

We work within the system of care framework to improve the services that support children with special health needs and their families. We use data to identify and remove barriers, and develop resources with input from key partners, including the CSHN team, families, and community providers.

Contact us

Children with Special Health Needs
Vermont Department of Health
280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-8360

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 800-660-4427 or 802-863-7338
Fax: 802-863-7635

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