HCP for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

What services does HCP provide?

HCP supports families to manage a wide range of questions, concerns, and services for their child with special health care needs through:

  • Information and resources (see related links)
  • Individualized care coordination
  • Access to specialty care for children
  • Connection to services

HCP consults with providers and local organizations that have questions about children and youth with special health care needs.

Who can receive HCP services?

HCP provides services to children and youth with special health care needs from birth to 21 living in Colorado, who have, or are at risk for, physical developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions*.  HCP services are tailored to fit the need of individual families.  HCP has no diagnosis or income restrictions.  Most services are free and no family is ever turned away.

What is HCP Care Coordination?

Care coordination is a person-and-family centered, assessment-driven, team approach designed to meet the needs and preferences of individuals while enhancing the caregiving capabilities of families and service providers.  Care coordination addresses the natural relationships between behavioral, developmental, educational, financial, medical, and social needs of an individual in order to optimize health and wellness outcomes.

HCP care coordination services are freeThere are no income or diagnosis restrictions to receive HCP services. 

The HCP Care Coordinator and family will work as a team to:

  • Advocate for the child
  • Identify and prioritize needs
  • Develop a plan to achieve goals

We help families find:

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

Each HCP Care Coordinator provides in-depth, on one care coordination. Examples of care coordination activities include assistance with identifying local services, finding insurance or other financial resources, and supporting important transitions such as from hospital to home or from child to adult care.  HCP staff also work in the community to increase collaboration and supports for families.

What are Specialty Clinics?

Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment hosts several specialty care clinics. Areas of specialty care include:

  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Rehabilitation

Any child or youth can receive care at any specialty clinic location.  There are no income or diagnosis restrictions to receive services.

Children are not required to have insurance to attend a specialty clinic, but families may be responsible for out-of-pocket costs. Most services are free and no family is ever turned away because they are unable to pay.

To attend a specialty clinic, ask your doctor for a referral.

Medical Records 

Patients requesting a copy of Medical Records can print the Authorization to Release Information Form, complete it and bring it to the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.

How do I receive services?

Contact the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment by completing a referral form and faxing it to 719-583-4439 or call our HCP program at 719-583-4431.

*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 was 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.