Mississippi Integrated Community Systems Overview
Primary emphasis in the MICS project is placed on medical home development, increasing the number of children who receive early and continuous screening, and youth transition.
Services for children and youth with special health care needs in Mississippi can be few and far between—fragmented, isolated, with access to providers limited. For the most part, families must adapt their lifestyles to access services for their children.
The Institute for Disability Studies is partnering with the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, families, self-advocates and other state and community-based stakeholders to identify system strengths and weaknesses and address barriers to the development of a system of community-based services that are family-centered and culturally competent.
The best health care solutions for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families according to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services include six positive outcomes:
Through training and technical assistance with health professionals, the MICS project will