Clark County promotes a system of care where children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families belong, participate, and thrive in communities with integrated, accessible systems that equitably support their physical and mental health, development, social and emotional well-being.
Children and youth with special health care needs are defined as those who have or are at increased risk for 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 generally.
By collaborating with local medical providers, health plans, early intervention agencies, schools, families, and other stakeholders in the community, Clark County works to ensure equitable access to high-quality services and supports. CYSHCN program offers guidance in linking children birth to 18 years old to community resources in order to address and support their unique nutritional, developmental, and behavioral needs.
Medical home and care coordination
The medical home is a model of primary care that provides comprehensive, high-quality, wraparound services. Medical homes are made up of a multidisciplinary team of primary care professionals, case managers, patient navigators, and others involved in the care and well-being of a child with complex needs. The medical home model reduces the burden of families by managing the coordination of care and services of CYSHCN.
Care coordination helps ensure your child and family is linked with services and resources that will best support your child's health and development. The medical home primary care provider has the important role of keeping track of all services a child is receiving, acting as a "central bank" for all health-related records.
Care coordination is sometimes offered by a family resource coordinator, developmental disabilities case manager, mental health provider, or a school nurse. Talk to your child's primary care provider about care coordination needs.
Parents and caregivers
As a parent or caregiver of a child with special health care needs, finding the supports and resources your family needs can be challenging. Provided below are topics of interest that may help you with:
- Basic needs such as food, housing and childcare
- Behavioral and/or mental health therapy programs
- Medical and dental coverage for your family
- Early intervention and school-based services
- Other community resources and information for you or your child
Providers and other professionals
As a provider working with children who have health complexities, knowing what is available and linking families to services is part of the care coordination. Below are common services that can help address identified needs for children and their families.
Medical and developmental resources
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the practice of applying the psychological principles of learning theory in a systematic way to modify behavior. The practice is used most extensively in special education and the treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- ABA Therapy Services in Vancouver | Behavior Nation
- ABA Therapy in Vancouver, WA | Formations Behavior Therapy
- Discovery Behavioral Solutions
Other Autism resources in Washington State:
- Autism Center - Seattle Children’s
- Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD®)
- UW Autism Center on Human Development and Disability
Parents and caregivers in Clark County have options when it comes to finding behavioral health counseling for their child. Work with your primary care provider for referrals to these services to address the identified needs of your child. Behavioral health services can be self-referred, check with your insurance on what is covered under your policy. Below are some agencies that work with children in our community:
- Catholic Community Services -- (360) 567-2211
- Children's Center -- (360) 699-2244
- Children's Home Society -- (360) 695-1325
- Columbia River Mental Health -- (360) 750-7033
- Community Services NW Youth-Sea Mar -- (360) 558-5795
- Daybreak Youth Services -- (360) 750-9635
- Family Solutions -- (360) 695-1014
- Formations Behavior Therapy -- (360) 718-8376
- Helping Professional Wellness -- (360) 687-0693
- Lifeline Connections -- (360) 397-8246
- Real Life Counseling -- (360) 619-2226
With proper oral health care, parents can ensure their children have a healthy smile and lower the risk of dental disease as they get older. The Access to Baby & Child Dentistry (ABCD) program offers preventive dental care for children from birth up to age 6 who have Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) insurance.
For oral health tips and information on healthy snacks and fluoride in your area, visit the ABCD webpage. For help in finding low-cost dental care providers who offer low or reduced fees based on income go to Clark County Dental Resources brochure.
Early screening and intervention is key in helping your child reach their maximum potential. If you have concerns about your child's development at any age, contact your child's health care provider or the lead agency for Clark County - ESD 112 Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program.
- CDC MILESTONES - Learn the signs and act early
- Milestone moments brochure
- ESD 112 Developmental screenings Children are screened in the areas of motor, concepts, speech and language. A hearing and vision screening may also be done.
- Innovative Services NW -- Children in our Early Intervention Program receive treatment from graduate level Teachers and licensed Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists in their natural environments.
- VROOM - Free science-based tips and tools to help parents and caregivers give children a great start in life today—and an even better future.
Your child's early development is a journey, know what to look for along the way.
Referral forms for:
Early Support for Infants and Toddlers ages 0-3
Early Head Start or Head Start ages 3-5
Clark County residents can access a variety of low and no-cost health care services. Go to the Free and Low-Cost Health Related Resources in Clark County website to find more information and download brochures in English or Spanish. This brochure does not imply approval, nor does omission imply disapproval. Call the individual clinic offices for up-to-date information and hours.
The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program supports Maxillofacial Teams in Washington State through contracts to coordinate care for infants and children born with oral facial anomalies, like cleft lip and cleft palate.
The Southwest Washington Maxillofacial Review Board (MFRB), located at the Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center, coordinates treatment for children with cleft lip and/or cleft palate, Velopharyngeal Insufficiency, or any other maxillofacial condition. The Board serves children up to age 21 and focuses on family-centered, community care for children and families from the southwest region of Washington State.
To apply for Medicaid or a qualified health plan through Washington State visit - wahealthplanfinder.org If you would like help filling out your application, call a customer service representative at one of the Sea Mar Community Health Centers below:
- Battle Ground - 360.342.8051
- East Vancouver - 360.726.6724
- Fourth Plain - 360.947.2531
- Salmon Creek - 360.852.9070
- Vancouver - 360.213.1326
Many CYSHCN families are eligible for the Washington State Health Home Program that can provide person-centered, accessible, and frequent case management/care coordination. To request care coordination from a Medicaid Managed Care Organization, email:
Family support and education services
Washington Connection offers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for services such as food, cash, and childcare. For help with your application, call a customer service representative at one of the Sea Mar Community Health Centers below:
- Battle Ground - 360.342.8051
- East Vancouver - 360.726.6724
- Fourth Plain - 360.947.2531
- Salmon Creek - 360.852.9070
- Vancouver - 360.213.1326
WIC Nutrition Program is a supplemental food and nutrition/breastfeeding education program for clients living in WA State that are pregnant, post-partum, breastfeeding, an infant or child up to 5 years of age with an income less than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Child care resources:
WA State Department of Children, Youth & Families can help families pay for quality child care through a child care subsidy program. Call 1-844-626-8687 or visit their website to apply.
ChildCare Aware can help families find quality child care in your community by calling 1-800-446-1114 or visiting their website.
Council for the homeless is a non-profit organization provides resources to affordable housing and shelters in Clark County.
Vancouver Housing Authority provides subsidized housing for those experiencing barriers to housing because of income, disability, or special needs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW WA - Mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
Boys and Girls Club of SW Washington - Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington strives to develop the strongest organizations by leading with intention and positivity.
Parent 2 Parent - Support for families based on diagnosis to connect with other parent volunteers with similar experiences for moral/emotional support, resources, and connection from before birth throughout the lifespan.
Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT): Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) is the Washington State Department of Early Learning program designed to be the first point of contact for any parents concerned about the development of their children Birth-3 years old. ESIT offers free developmental screenings for infants and toddlers along with an informational meeting for parents with a Family Resources Coordinator.
Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP): The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a comprehensive preschool program that provides free services and support to eligible children and their families. Funded by Washington State, ECEAP helps children and families get ready for kindergarten and is free to enrolled families. It serves three and four year- olds from low income families, and children with developmental or environmental risk factors that could interfere with school success.
Early Head Start/Early ECEAP: Early Head Start and Early ECEAP provide comprehensive child and family development services for low-income pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers ages birth to three years.
Innovative Services NW: Innovative Services NW is a designated Washington State Neurodevelopmental Center. Children in our Early Intervention Program receive treatment from graduate level Teachers and licensed Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists in their natural environments.
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP): Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) is an evidence-based, community health program that serves low-income, pregnant parents. Each pregnant parent is partnered with a registered nurse and receives ongoing nurse home visits until child turns 2 years of age. It is a life-transforming partnership, for the parent and child.
Sea Mar Maternity Support Services (MSS) & Infant Case Management: The goal of Sea Mar’s Maternity Support Services (MSS) program is to help you to have a healthy pregnancy by providing support and information related to your prenatal and postpartum health. MSS is covered under Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). Infant case management provides support and guidance in the care of your new infant and the care of your family from the time your baby is 2-3 months old through his or her first birthday (for those who qualify).
Children age 4 to 21 -- Public Schools provide special education and related services to eligible children and youths with disabilities. Contact your local school below for more information on services available to you and your child.
- Battle Ground School District--360.885.5318
- Camas School District--360.335.3000
- Evergreen School District--360.604.6700
- Hockinson School District--360.448.6418
- LaCenter School District--360.263.2131
- Ridgefield School District--360.619.1301
- Vancouver School District--360.313.1000
- Washougal School District--360.954.3000
- Woodland School District--360.841.2722
- WA State School for the Blind--360.696.6321
- WA School for the Deaf--360.696.2525
Office of Education Ombudsman Statewide-- OEO assists anyone with questions or concerns about Washington’s K-12 public schools. We can provide you with information, referrals, toolkits, and other resources. You can call 866.297.2597 but are encouraged you to use the Online Intake Process due to high volume of requests.
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction-- OSPI is the primary agency charged with overseeing public K–12 education in Washington state. You can reach them at 360.725.6000
PAVE: Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment-- PAVE provides support, training, information and resources to empower and give voice to individuals, youth and families impacted by disabilities. Contact the local office at 360.827.0962 or Video phone--360.334.5448
Transportation can greatly affect a person's ability to access health care, groceries, community engagement activities, and an overall quality-of-life.
- Community in Motion -- Their mission is to connect neighbors with access to reliable transportation options that support healthy, independent living. Some of the services they provide are: Employment Transportation, Mobility management and Medicaid Funded Non-Emergency Medical Transportation
- C-Tran Youth Opportunity Pass -- C-TRAN’s Youth Opportunity Pass (YOP) is available to anyone who is 18 years of age and under. It provides free access on C-TRAN Local services, including fixed-route, C-VAN paratransit (must be medically qualified to ride or ride with someone who is), The Current microtransit, and Vanpool.
- Disabled Parking Pass -- How to get or renew the type of disabled parking privileges you need.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Caring for a Relative/Kindship Care
Emergency Preparedness for Families of CYSHCN
Emergency Preparedness during school
Lightning Bug App by PPCC - to help manage day-to-day medical details for child's with medical complexities.
To contact program
If you would like to consult with the Community Health Specialist on resources and access to care call 360.907.6918.