Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs – Pueblo Department of Public Health & Environment
The Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs (HCP) is a federal, state, and locally funded program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment with local or regional offices serving every county in Colorado. In the Pueblo community, HCP is proudly sponsored by the Pueblo City-County Health Department.
This program offers care coordination services for families who have a child with special health problems. We have a team of public health nurses, a registered dietitian, social worker, and a parent/family advocate who work together to help families:
Get basic health care from their local doctor or primary care provider.
Understand the information they receive about their child’s medical condition.
Make sure families know about and can get to the network of services available to them in their community.
Organize the services that could benefit their child and maximize teamwork among the professionals who work with them.
Try to find ways to pay for specialty care by using and understanding health benefits or trying to find alternative sources if no benefits are available.
Introduce families to other parents or families in the same situation.
Understand how to work best with the educational systems.
By assuring that our community offers newborn screening for hearing, early screening for vision, child development and other disorders.
Find specialists who are trained to treat children. At this time HCP has pediatric doctors who specialize in the area of neurology, orthopedics, rehabilitation, and genetics. These doctors come to the health department several times each year to see children with a need in one of those areas.
The HCP Program offers intensive care coordination for children 0-18 who have sustained a traumatic brain injury and qualify under the Colordo Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund. Please call the HCP Program for more information or visit the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund website at www.tbicolorado.org.