ERIC Number: ED236257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Lawrence Children's Health Project/EPSDT. A Proposal to Integrate Health and Special Education Services for Children in a School-Based Demonstration Project. Final Report.
Merrimack Education Center, Chelmsford, MA.
This final report describes the Lawrence Children's Health Project (LCHP), set up in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1979, in order to demonstrate and evaluate the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of an interagency approach to providing health care to children through a school-based local resource network. The LCHP service delivery is said to have met the mandates of both Federal (Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment) and State (Special Education Chapter 766) laws. The project enrolled over 85 percent of the students in six schools and screened over 2,000 children. The major project elements are described: enrollment, screening--physical and developmental, referral, follow-up, client flow, training, billing, management information system (MIS), and brokering. A short discussion of future project activities is followed by a section dealing with the major milestones for each of the project's objectives: broker model; service delivery; MIS; training; and evaluation and dissemination. A financial statement is followed by detailed appendices: (1) a list of major project products and reports; (2) an early childhood pamphlet (English/Spanish); (3) an organizational chart; (4) a school health-policy guide ; (5) a summary report (Spring 1982); (6) a description of the microcomputer information system ; and (7) the Merrimack Education Center's letter of agreement with the Lawrence public schools. The report concludes that the LCHP has demonstrated that brokering of children's health care can be coupled with school-based EPSDT (Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment) services as a realistic alternative to conventional models of health service delivery for children. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Care Financing Administration (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Merrimack Education Center, Chelmsford, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts