Community-based Services

Community-based Services: Community-based service systems will be organized so families can use them easily.

For services to be of value to CSHCN and their families, the system has to be organized in such a way that needs can be identified, services provided in accessible and appropriate contexts, and that a family-friendly mechanism exists to pay for them. Thus, effective organization of services is a key indicator of systems development1.

NH's Center for Medical Home Improvement is a leadership and resource center designed to support states and communities in organizing services so families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) can use them easily and families are satisfied. The implementation of community-based service systems is a key component of Healthy People 2010 as stated in its Objective 16.23: to increase the states and territories that have service systems for children with special health care needs.

  1. Maternal and Child Health Bureau: Achieving and Measuring Success: A National Agenda for Children with Special Health Care Needs