CaCoon is a statewide public health nurse home visiting program. CaCoon nurses help families coordinate care for their children and youth with special health needs. The program has operated in most Oregon counties for over 20 years. Children served in the CaCoon program make fewer visits to the emergency department. They also have higher rates of immunization, annual well-child, and dental care visits. CaCoon serves children age 0-21. The most vulnerable families, such as those with a newly diagnosed infant, are prioritized for services.
CaCoon nurses partner with families to:
- Identify the child's strengths and needs.
- Connect with healthcare and other community supports.
- Make sure the child’s health team works well together.
- Help gather information to make health-related decisions for the child.
- Identify problems and help find solutions.
For youth with special health needs aged 12-21, some counties offer CaCoon services to prepare for the transition to adult health care, work, and independence.