CaCoon for Youth
CaCoon 4 Youth is a special project sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The goal of the CaCoon 4 Youth project is to expand the reach of the CaCoon program to the underserved population of youth, ages 12 to 21 years, including those youth who are moving from pediatric to adult health care. CaCoon 4 Youth is currently implemented in three Oregon counties: Deschutes, Benton and Union.
How can CaCoon help Youth aged 12-21 years?
Adolescence and young adulthood can be challenging times. For youth with special health needs and their families, there may be questions or concerns about adolescence and the transition into young adulthood. CaCoon nurses can help youth and their families plan and move towards greater independence.
A CaCoon nurse can help youth and their families:
• Find an adult healthcare provider, and know when to start looking
• Figure out what insurance will or won’t cover, at what ages
• Plan for adult healthcare management
• Know how and when to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• Find resources for young adults with disabilities (including housing, higher education, recreation, and skill-building support)
Where can I get more information about CaCoon 4 Youth?
If you would like information about CaCoon 4 Youth contact the Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs office at:
CaCoon for Youth is a program of the Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (OCCYSHN). This webpage was made possible with the support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant D70MC23055.