Community Connections Network (CCN)
Ten CCN Child Health Teams across Oregon convene monthly interdisciplinary team meetings to address the needs of CYSHN (Children and Youth with Special Health Needs) in their communities. Representatives from health, education, and community services come together to hear about a child and family’s needs, and to develop a care plan. Child Health Teams also assess and improve their local systems of care.
OCCYSHN contracts with local physicians and several other team members for their time. OCCYSHN provides technical support for CCN Child Health Teams, as well as training aimed at building local capacity to serve CYSHN.
What is a CCN Child Health Team?
CCN Teams are made up of local health care providers, educators, family liaisons, and service providers. Family members are full partners on the team, which takes a close look at the child's health and development. The CCN team considers how the child is doing at school, at home and socially. They identify issues. They talk about solutions. Together, the team creates a plan that addresses the child's needs. CCN Child Health Teams are made up of local health care providers, educators, Parent Partners, and community service providers. Family members are full partners on the team, which takes a close look at the child's health and development. The CCN Child Health Team considers how the child is doing at school, at home, and socially. They identify unresolved needs. They talk about solutions. Together, the team creates a care plan that addresses the child's needs.
What Can a CCN Child Health Team Do For My Child and Family?
- Provide a medical consultation with the Child Health Team physician
- Consider educational, behavioral, or social/emotional concerns
- Work with families and other team members to coordinate services and develop a plan of care that meets the child's needs
- Help locate information about the child's condition
- Provide referrals and connections with local resources
- Provide support in getting services for the child and family
- Work with the child's doctor, or help to find one
- Work with a Parent Partner who is a local parent skilled in identifying resources and bringing the family perspective to the table
- Increase family knowledge, skills, and confidence in caring for their children and youth with special health care needs
Child Health Teams can work with families of youth through the age of 20 as they transition to adulthood. Even if a young person already has a transition plan at school, the Child Health Team can help families and youth coordinate services for independent living and health care.
Who Can Use CCN Child Health Team?
Families who have a child with an unresolved health or development concern may request a CCN Child Health Team meeting. Physicians, schools, and other community agencies may also refer.
Any family is eligible, regardless of income or insurance status. There is no cost to families to meet with a CCN Child Health Team.