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The Crisis in Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

In April 2021, the Community Provider Network of Rhode Island published the attached report The Crisis in Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs to detail the background and current state of services for children with special health needs across Rhode Island.


CPNRI’s children’s services facilitate home and community based therapeutic services for over 5,200 Rhode Island children with special healthcare needs, and developmental delays. Provider agencies offer individually tailored behavioral and developmental interventions, clinical treatments, and parent education to meet the child and family needs. These vital services are designed to be person and family-centered, and support the development of children with special needs at a critical time for the trajectory of their lives. Providers support children to live in their homes, not in the hospitals. These agencies employ thousands of Rhode Island workers to serve families and children throughout the state.

Home and community-based services are designed to support children and families in their natural environment to provide parents/caregivers coaching, as well as therapeutic treatment to assist children to reach developmental milestones. Children eligible for these services have a range of special health care needs often as a result of a diagnosed chronic developmental, cognitive, physical, medical, neurological, behavioral and/or emotional condition, many of which are long-term disabilities and/or include complex medical needs. For children with the most complex behavioral and medical needs, services significantly decrease the need for a hospital or residential level of care and institutionalization.

Read more by downloading the full issue brief below.

Children's Provider Crisis Brief - CPNRI
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