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Program for Children with Special Needs (HCP)

HCP is a program for children and youth with special health care needs. The program provides families information and resources to address a child’s behavioral, developmental, educational, financial, medical and/or social needs. Families may also gain a greater understanding of their child’s medical condition and coordinating their child’s health care. This can lead to a more successful and fulfilling experience at home, at school and in the community.

HCP helps families find:

  • Screenings and clinics including specialty care
  • Medical care, health and community services
  • Financial resources, including help with insurance
  • Family support groups
  • Transition services
  • Answers to questions

HCP assists Colorado children and youth from birth to age 21. HCP care coordination services are free. For more information, call 970-871-7619.

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau defines the population of children and youth with special health care needs as "those who have, or are at increased risk for having, a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children [and youth] generally" (Maternal and Child Health Bureau, McPherson, et al., 1998).

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number B04MC28087, Maternal and Child Health Services. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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