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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.
Our Title V Program supports statewide public health efforts to protect, promote and improve the health of children and young adults with chronic and serious physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions through a comprehensive system of care. Of the total population of U.S. children, ages birth to 17 years, children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) represent approximately 19.4%, or nearly 14.2 million children[i].
Authorized by Title V of the Social Security Act, the MCH Services Block Grant supports the infrastructure for our Title V Program; while, the National Systems Standards for CYSHCN, a critically important framework that highlights specific system requirements for health providers and plans serving CYSHCN[ii], provides direction in action planning. Aligning our Title V Program initiatives with those of national importance further drives development of statewide programs that include supportive policies for all children.
Initiatives within the Title V Program include:
- Increasing access to medical homes and primary care for CYSHCN, with a special focus on health care transitioning to adult health care systems, and
- Increasing access to behavioral health services, along with, special attention to family and youth engagement and their unique voice.
Florida’s Title V Program workforce utilizes Public Health Detailing to establish and maintain strong service networks through state, regional, and community relationships. These Public Health Detailing activities intentionally build partnerships and support collaborations with diverse stakeholders, building better systems of care.
Our public health workforce identifies and engages in opportunities where they can provide technical assistance, essential resources, educational trainings, and disseminate public health messages. Some of their detailing activities include:
- Providing expertise on the unique needs of CYSHCN by offering evidence-based practices,
- Championing medical home development and optimizing efforts toward successful youth transitions and integrated behavioral health services, by linking state resources and activities.
- Driving the importance of family partners among stakeholders to ensure the family voice is heard.
In 2015, nearly 4.2 million CYSHCN were served by statewide Title V programs[iii] such as CMS’ Title V Program. Our program strives to provide invaluable CYSHCN population expertise, strong connections in multiple networks, and high-quality data on the service needs of all children, with special attention to CYSHCN and their families.
[i] Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs. Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Version 2.0. Washington, DC: 2017. Available from: http://www.amchp.org/programsandtopics/CYSHCN/Documents/StandardsforSystemsofCareforChildrenandYouthwithSpecialHealthCareNeedsVersion2.pdf
[ii] Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs. Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. Washington, DC: 2014. Available from:
[iii] Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs. National Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program Profile. Washington, DC: 2017. Available from: http://www.amchp.org/programsandtopics/CYSHCN/Documents/CYSHCN-Profile-2017.pdf
Resources and Links:
- Maternal and Child Health Bureau(MCHB)
- Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs(AMCHP)
- WellCare: Children’s Medical Services Health Plan
Patient-centered Medical Home Development &Healthcare Transition
- Got Transition’s Six Core Elements of HCT 3.0
- HealthARCH: PCMH
- NCQA: PCMH
- The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home
- Florida Medicaid Drug Therapy Management Program for Behavioral Health
- USF/Aunt Bertha Web-Based Resource Guide for Florida Clinicians & Medicaid Enrollees
- WellCare Community Connections
- The Multi-Agency Network for Students with Emotional/ Behavioral Disabilities (SEDNET)
- SEDNET: Resources: Florida-specific and National Resources across multiple topics, diseases, & concerns.
- 211 Special Needs
- Network of Care
- Neighborhood Navigator
- Agency for Persons with Disabilities
- Disability Rights Florida
- Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
- South Florida Center for Independent Living
- Florida Center for Inclusive Communities
- National Center on Supported Decision Making
- The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST).