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The Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Family Center)
Welcome to the Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Family Center)! The Family Center is the statewide parent-directed center within Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
The Family Center offers emotional support, information, and connections to community-based resources to families of children and youth with special health care needs. This includes all children who have or are at an increased risk for: physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions. Children do not need to be enrolled in CSHCS to receive services from the Family Center.
The Family Center also provides parental perspectives and input on health care matters while focusing on families' access to coordinated systems of care. The Family Center works from a family-centered care approach and promotes family/professional partnerships at all levels of care. This ensures that families participate in the decision-making process and are satisfied with the services they receive.
How to reach us:
- Call the Family Center Direct Line at 517-241-7630
- Call the CSHCS Family Phone Line at 1-800-359-3722
- Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Information and Referrals
- Family Phone Line
- Quarterly Newsletters
- Camp Scholarships (download the application)
- Conference Scholarships (download the application)
- Parent Mentor Trainings
- Bereavement Parent Mentor Trainings
- Connect families to community-based resources
- Support to Local Health Departments
- Family Leadership Network
- Trainings on CSHCS and the Family Center
Important Links and Resources
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Michigan Family Connections Newsletters
To see a listing of our upcoming events, pleas follow our Eventbrite page. We offer a variety of informative trainings and webinars for both families and professionals. Click the link below to see all of our upcoming events such as Parent Mentor Trainings, Parent Connect Calls, Professional Connect Calls, and other events we host throughout the year.
Family Leadership Network (FLN)
Our Family Leadership Network (FLN) works with MI Family to Family Health Information Center and the Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. The FLN helps us stay connected with resources and families across Michigan. Up to two FLN members come from each of the 10 Michigan Prosperity Regions. Learn more about the FLN and see current openings here: Family Leadership Network - Michigan Family to Family (f2fmichigan.org)
Meet Me is a great new tool which utilizes a concept called Shared Decision Making. Shared Decision Making relies on mutual trust and understanding. The Patient and Family Advisors to Michigan's Pediatric Epilepsy Project recommend patients and families set the stage for partnership before the first visit by sharing key information about yourself or your child with your health care provider.
Family Voices Telehealth Webinars
Family-centered telehealth is a way of receiving health care services. As part of an award, the national Family Voices created webinars titled the Nuts and Bolts of Telemedicine: Essentials for a Family-Centered Experience.
Here are the four webinars:
Free Online Trainings
- The Family Center's Parent Mentor Training
- What is Children's Special Health Care Services?
- Transition to Adulthood Services
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