Overcoming Barriers to Referral and Care Coordination for Children Eligible for Early Intervention Services

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Screening young children for developmental delay is of limited value when families lack ready access to early intervention services. When such services are available, information about them must be incorporated into the child's care plan if they are to be of any use. In many communities, this collaboration between child health care practices and early intervention programs is missing. The Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics proposes to identify barriers on both sides of the referral process that contribute to poor care coordination for children with developmental problems. Drawing from its findings, the project team will develop and test an approach for overcoming these obstacles. To prepare for statewide and, later, national dissemination of the tested approach, staff also will design training modules and a variety of educational materials. Multiple funders will provide cofunding.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Principal Investigator:
Scott G. Allen, M.S.
Award Amount:
$312,438.00
Approval Date:
April 15, 2008

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