SOS also provides peer matches for individuals with disabilities, extended family members or professionals.
Missouri Partnership for Integrated Community Services
The overall goal of the Missouri Partnership for Integrated Community Services is “to improve and sustain access to quality, comprehensive, coordinated community-based systems of services for CYSHCN and their families in Missouri”. Through this project the state of Missouri will implement a statewide plan of integrated services at the individual, community and state levels. Based upon existing needs assessments, primary areas of emphasis for this project will include the system areas of Family/Professional Partnerships and Healthy and Ready to Work. The Missouri Bureau of Special Healthcare Needs (State Title V Agency), Missouri Family Voices (Family Led organization representing families of CYSHCN), and the University of Missouri Kansas City Institute for Human Development (Missouri’s Center for Excellence in Disabilities) have formed a partnership to plan and implement this initiative.
The Integrated Community Services (ICS) project recognizes the critical role of positive “family-professional partnerships” in: 1) identifying what children and families need; 2) developing a responsive coordinated system of supports and services that address these needs; and 3) working together to sustain these supports and services throughout the life-span.
The ICS project also recognizes that children with special health care needs become youth -- and then adults --with special health care needs. At each stage, they have different requirements and interact in a variety of different settings. Therefore another ICS focus is on the direct involvement of youth in designing a successful system of “medical transition” from child to youth to adult health care systems.
Additional areas of focus include early and continuous screening; health insurance – public and private; the concept of a “medical home”, and the role of Emergency Medical Services.
Along with the UMKC Institute of Human Development and the MO Bureau of Special Health Care needs, other key partners in this program are Family Voices of Missouri, Family Bridges, Missouri Families for Effective Autism Treatment (MO-FEAT), Missouri Parents Act (MPACT), Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU)(HRSA grantee), MO Head Start Collaborative, the LEND Program at MU, Missouri Oral Health Network, and MO Healthy Smiles.
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