Developing community systems of services for children with special health care needs represents a significant challenge for pediatricians, families, managed care organizations, and public and private agencies providing services to this population. At the state level, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Children With Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) programs are vested with the responsibility for planning and developing systems of care for all children with special health care needs. Historically, these programs have been supported through Title V of the Social Security Act, with state-matching funds, to provide health services to selected groups of children with special needs, typically those with complex physical conditions. However, during the last half-century, service systems have become increasingly complex as a result of health, education, and social policy changes, as well as changes in the epidemiology of child health, including increases in the number and proportion of children with chronic conditions and disabilities...
A New Definition of Children With Special Health Care Needs
Merle McPherson, Polly Arango, Harriette Fox, Cassie Lauver, Margaret McManus, Paul W. Newacheck, James M. Perrin, Jack P. Shonkoff, Bonnie Strickland; A New Definition of Children With Special Health Care Needs. Pediatrics July 1998; 102 (1): 137–139. 10.1542/peds.102.1.137
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