Improving Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Autism Spectrum Disorder

7/12/2017
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Improving Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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Powerpoint Presentation | PDF file-22 pages

Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) are defined as children who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally. An estimated 9.4 million children in the U.S. under the age of 18 have special health care needs, according to the Health Resources Services Administration.

One population included in CYSHCN, are those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 1-in-68 children in the U.S. has been identified with ASD. For this population of children, there are often barriers to accessing treatment from a shortage of providers to lack of coverage. Recorded webinar explores barriers to accessing care and discusses strategies that states can implement to improve systems of care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) and those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Agenda

Welcome and Introductions

  • Tahra Johnson, program manager, National Conference of State Legislatures

Challenges to Accessing Care

  • Michelle Jarvis, specialist, Family Engagement and Leadership Development, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Telehealth for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Shawna Wright, assistant director, Behavioral Health, University of Kansas’ Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth

Policy Options Related to Access to Coverage

  • Representative Thomas Holmes (R), South Dakota
  • Representative Susan Lontine (D), Colorado

Audience Questions and Answers