Special Health Needs: FCSN Resources

Accessing Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative

The Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) (PDF) is a community-based system of care to serve youth who have behavioral, emotional, and mental health needs.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) – Oral Health Tips

Why Oral Health is Important (PDF) for Children with Special Needs & How to Access It.

Applying for MassHealth/CommonHealth

Your child may be eligible for MassHealth/CommonHealth (PDF)  based on disability not income.  Follow these steps to apply and learn if your child qualifies for coverage.

Crisis Planning Guide for Parents

Crisis Planning Guide for Parents (PDF) – When your child or adolescent is experiencing a serious mental health crisis, s/he is at serious risk of hurting her/himself, hurting others or is having severe, disorganized or dangerous train of thought, you will need to have your child/adolescent screened for hospitalization. Taking the time in a non-crisis situation can help make a difficult situation less stressful. This guide offers suggestions as to what you should know in case of an emergency.

Family/Health Insurer Partnerships

Ten Tips for Working with Your Health Insurer (PDF) Ten tips for working with your health insurer. Make sure your family members receive needed health services and the services are paid by your health insurer.

Family/School Partnerships

The Individualized Health Care Plan: Keeping Children with Special Health Care Needs Safe at School (PDF) Information, tips, and resources for working with the school to create a health plan to ensure your child’s medical needs are met during the school day and all school-related activities.

National Performance Measures

National Performance Measures and the National Technical Assistance Centers (PDF) Learn about the six national performance measures established by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to ensure CYSHCN have access to family-centered, community-based, coordinated systems of care.

PCA Consumer Handbook – MassHealth

This handbook, available in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF), can be used by MassHealth members and their caregivers to learn about the MassHealth PCA Program.