News Release

February 28, 2005

Contact: Kristina Goodnough, 860-679-3700

Creating a “Medical Home” for People with Disabilities

Concept Is Focus of Legislative Forum

FARMINGTON, CONN. – A “medical home,” which is a system of coordinated, comprehensive medical care, is the topic of a legislative forum on Wednesday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Legislative Office Building.

Richard Roberts, Ph.D., director of the Early Intervention Research Institute at Utah State University, will explain the concept of a medical home and its role in improving health care for persons with disabilities. The forum is sponsored by the University of Connecticut Center for Developmental Disabilities, the state Department of Public Health and the Commission on Children. Roberts has done extensive research on issues related to services for young children and those with special health needs.

A medical home is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care, according to Ann Dandrow of the UConn Center for Developmental Disabilities. Generally, a pediatric clinician works in partnership with the family and the patient to assure that all of the medical and non-medical needs of the patient are met. “The medical home approach is valuable for youngsters with disabilities who may need extensive health care, educational and support services,” says Dandrow.

The forum is free and open to the public. It will include remarks by Dr. Roberts along with a discussion of Connecticut’s need for medical homes by a panel of agency experts and parents. For more information, contact Ann Dandrow at the UConn Center on Disabilities at 860-679-1500.

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