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GEORGIA STATEWIDE PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Babies Can't Wait - Babies Can't Wait (BCW) is Georgia's comprehensive, coordinated, statewide, interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers, ages birth to three, who have developmental delays or disabilities, and their families. Early intervention services may include assistive technology, audiology, family training and counseling, certain health services, medical diagnostic services, certain nursing services, nutrition services, occupational, physical, and speech/language therapies, psychological services, social work, special instruction, vision services, and transportation to services. The focus of Babies Can't Wait is to help reduce the need for special services later in life by helping children with developmental disabilities reach their maximum developmental potential. Contact Information: Phone: 404-657-4855 Toll-Free: 1-888-651-8224 Web site: http://health.state.ga.us/programs/bcw/index.asp

Children's Medical Services - Children's Medical Services (CMS) directly provides or coordinates specialty medical evaluations and treatment for eligible children (birth to age 21) with chronic medical conditions. CMS provides or pays for comprehensive physical evaluations, diagnostic tests, inpatient/outpatient hospitalization, medications and other medical treatments, therapy, durable medical equipment, hearing aids, and dental care related to the child's CMS-eligible condition. Genetics Services provides diagnosis, counseling, and treatment for a wide variety of genetic conditions as a CMS service. CMS works closely with the primary care provider to coordinate services. The focus of Children's Medical Services is to provide quality care and financial assistance with services that will enable children to receive medically necessary specialty services. These medical services may prevent further complications from their condition(s) and will promote healthy growth and development. Contact Information: Phone: 404-657-4855 Web site: http://health.state.ga.us/programs/cms/

Easter Seals - Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. They have resources available on serving young children with disabilities and their families. List of Georgia Offices: http://www.easterseals.com/cgi-bin/es_search.cgi

Healthy Families Georgia – is a continuum of services consisting of short-term support for all new families through First Steps and long-term voluntary home visitation for more vulnerable families of newborns. Healthy Families Georgia is a collaborative effort of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and the Georgia Children's Trust Fund. The program is unique because it brings together an initial connection with all parents and voluntary home visitation for higher-risk new families. Web site: http://www.preventchildabusega.org/html/healthyfamilies.html

High Risk Infant Follow-Up - High Risk Infant Follow-Up provides services to infants, birth to age one, who are at increased risk for health and developmental problems due to their medical conditions at birth. Services may include voluntary in-home (home visiting) or clinic based nursing assessment, intervention, and follow-up, (care coordination) in collaboration with a primary health care provider and other providers involved with the family. HRIFU services are designed to assure that families with high risk infants:

  • Receive appropriate health and/or medical screenings, assessments, interventions, and follow-up;
  • Have the knowledge, skill, and abilities to provide care and to access the services required for the infants’ health; and
  • Receive appropriate, timely, family centered and culturally sensitive services.

Contact Information: Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Public Health: Office of Birth Outcomes State Office: 404-657-2726 Toll Free: 1-888-651-8224; for Local Directory call Parent to Parent: 1-800-229-2038.

                                                                                                                           

   

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