February 19, 2016

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Special Health Care Needs Program Hosting Regional Meetings

Topeka, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Special Health Care Needs program is hosting regional meetings to engage agencies and organizations serving Kansas children and youth with special health care needs (CHYSHN) and stakeholders, including parents, caregivers and individuals.

The focus of the meetings will be on developing a state plan that outlines future goals and strategies of the Special Health Care Needs program. The plan will work to strengthen collaboration, support systems integration and improve service delivery for CYSHCN.

The state plan is part of a two-year grant awarded to KDHE focusing on CHYSHN and their families. The primary objective of the grant is to support access for CYSHCN to receive services through an accessible, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, culturally competent and family-centered medical home.

Pre-registration is required for these meetings as space is limited. Meeting information and the online registration is available at Meetings will be held from 1 – 3 p.m. on the dates listed below.




February 24


Ramada Hotel & Convention Center
Madison Ballroom
420 SE 6th St., Topeka, KS

March 9


WSU Rhatigan Student Center
Room 264 Spencer
1845 Fairmount St, Wichita KS

March 23


Holiday Inn Express & Suites
4011 Parkview Dr, Pittsburg, KS

March 31


Courtyard by Marriott
3020 Riffel Drive, Salina, KS

April 18


Midwest Energy Inc.
916 Sheridan St., Hoxie, KS

April 19

Garden City

Sleep Inn & Suites
1931 East Kansas Plaza, Garden City, KS

To learn how you can participate, or for more information on the grant project or the regional meetings, please contact Heather Smith, Special Health Services Director, at 785-296-4747 or by email at

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