For Immediate Release
October 23, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Grant Underway to Benefit Kansas Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Kansas youth with special health care needs and their families are the focus of a three-year grant recently awarded to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Children and Youth Special Health Care Needs in partnership with the University of Kansas Center on Developmental Disabilities. The objective of the grant, “Systems in Sync,” is to ensure that Kansas youth with special health care needs and their families receive culturally competent, uninterrupted, age-appropriate services that meet their needs and promotes healthy, productive and independent adult lives.

The “Systems in Sync” project is funded through an Integrated Community Systems grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

“Ninety percent of children and youth with special health care needs survive into their adult years,” Roderick Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said. “Many have more than one health care need and receive services from multiple providers. This grant will work to strengthen partnerships between the youth, their families and all of the providers, including health, educational and workforce. Additionally, the grant will also focus on the transition to adulthood.”

Grant activities will include information-sharing and collaboration with partners across the state of Kansas; development and implementation of a transition planning curriculum, utilizing technology-oriented strategies; training for consumers and professionals; development of resource guides and navigational tools; coordination of transition planning meetings; support empowerment and independence of youth with special health care needs; provide funding for the development or expansion of activities supportive of the grant objectives and much more.

This grant provides the opportunity to enhance the health, education and workforce development possibilities for youth and young adults with disabilities. Supporters of this project include Families Together, Inc.; the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians; Special Education, the Kansas State Department of Education; Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy; Department of Commerce; Division of Rehabilitation Services, SRS; the Kansas Health Policy Authority; Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns; Kansas Commission on Developmental Disabilities; Office of Oral Health; and the Division of Disability and Behavior Health Services, SRS.

To learn how you can participate, or for more information on the “Systems in Sync” grant project, please contact Heather Moore, Project Coordinator, at 785-296-4747 or by e-mail at hmoore@kdheks.gov.