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Program/Project Name Connections for Kids Clinic
Affiliation Name Denver Health/Denver Department of Humna Services
Website URL http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/departments/pediatrics/research/programs/psi/Resources/Documents/Behavioral%20Health%20and%20Foster%20Care%20Paper.pdf
Model Type Medical Home
City Denver County
State CO
State specific location Denver Health Community Health Clinic
How is program/project funded? State Funding
Describe how it's funded

This clinic is located within a community health clinic at Denver Health, the safety net hospital in Denver.  Medicaid is billed for the visits. 

What services does it provide Entry to care health assessment
Where does it provide services County-based
Description of program/project

In Denver County, Denver Department of Human Services (DDHS) requires that all children that are place in out of home care and reside in the metro area with the exception of children that continue to see their medical provider from prior to placement.  Initial medical examinations occur at DDHS's Family Crisis Center and that information is then related to the foster care clinic where ongoing care occurs. This care includes a fully integrated pediatric behavioral health clinician and a pediatric nurse case manager. 

How are patients tracked? Paper-based records, DDHS database called TRAILS
Provide special focus Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Teen pregnancy prevention, Substance use and abuse, Developmental delay/issues, Mental health, Developmental Issues, Children in family foster care, Youth in group home/residential care, Young Children, Adolescents
Program/Project strengths

 

Excellent collaboration and relationship with DDHS and the courts.  Clinic has frequent contact directly with the caseworkers and often performs physicals at placement moves or reunifications.

 

Program/Project challenges

Financial challenges

Contact Name Kathryn Wells, MD, FAAP
Email Address kathryn.wells@dhha.org
Phone Number 720-944-3747