- Colleen Polselli
Pediatric Specialty Services works to provide medical home enhancement for children and youth with special healthcare needs including children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Pediatric Practice Enhancement Project (PPEP) ensures a coordinated system of care for children and youth with special needs, and their families, by placing trained Parent Consultants in pediatric primary and specialty care practices to assist families in accessing community resources, to assist physicians and families in accessing specialty services, and to identify barriers to coordinated care.
A medical home is a team approach to providing healthcare that is accessible, family centered, coordinated, comprehensive, continuous, compassionate and culturally appropriate. A medical home begins in a primary healthcare setting that is focused on the families’ needs. A partnership develops between each family, the primary healthcare team, and community partners. Together they manage all services. Pediatric Practice Enhancement Project places parent consultants in pediatric primary and specialty care practices statewide to assist physicians in serving children with special healthcare needs and their families.
The goal of the Pediatric Practice Enhancement Project is to maintain the “medical home” model of care by fostering partnerships among families, pediatric practices, and available community resources (including About Family CEDARR Center) Goals:
The Project places and supports trained family resource specialists in clinical settings to link families with community resources, assist physicians and families in accessing specialty services, and identify systems barriers to coordinated care.