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Family Voices of Alabama
Family Voices of Alabama was awarded a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to increase our services to the families in Alabama by establishing a Family-to-Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC). F2F HICs were established in all States and the District of Columbia by the Family Opportunity Act / Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 extended the F2F HIC Program through fiscal year 2012.
Every child and youth with special needs receives family-centered care.
Family Voices of Alabama
Susan Colburn - susan "at" familyvoicesal.org
National Family Voices
Family Voices of Alabama is the Family Voices State Affiliate Organization. Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through this national network, Family Voices provides families tools to make informed decisions, advocates for improved public and private policies, builds partnerships among professionals and families, and serves as a trusted resource on health care. To learn more about the national initiatives of the National Family Voices, please visit their website at:
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The standards address the core components of the structure and process of an effective system of care for CYSHCN and are intended for use or adaptation by a wide range of stakeholders at the national, state, and local levels. CRS will work with other ADRS divisions (including Alabama's Early Intervention System and Vocational Rehabilitation Services) as well as community agencies and partners to incorporate these standards into all aspects of care and policymaking for the CYSHCN population in the state of Alabama.
Affordable Care Act is changing health insurance options - see our new tip sheets:
and this fact sheet
Keeping good records improves the care you receive. Our health care notebook is a tool to help caregivers of children with special health care needs maintain an ongoing record of his/her child's care, services, providers, and notes.
We would be happy to talk with you about scheduling training for your group of families. Call or email us about your group.
Care Notebooks are now available in Spanish for you to download. Click here for more information.
Resources now available in Spanish
Alabama Respite is in the process of gathering information from caregivers throughout the state about connecting with individual respite providers (non-agency providers). Click here to go to their survey. Contact Java Bennett, Director of Respite Services Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network ™ UCP Huntsville at (256) 859-4900 or www.alabamarespite.org.
Free iPhone app: Polyglot Med Spanish is easy to use and the perfect tool to bridge the communication gap between health care providers and Spanish-speaking patients. Polyglot Med Spanish offers immediate audio translation of over 3,000 common words, phrases and assessment questions from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.
Medical Home. From National Center for Medical Home Implementation learn how a medical home can support transitioning from pediatric to adult care in our medical home interview video series at http://youtu.be/6JfCsjxpLfo
Getting health care funded is no game, but you can test your knowledge of Medicaid and CHIP while having fun or with this link to a quiz on Medicaid from Kaiser Family Foundation.