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CaCSHCNews & Links

CaCSHCNews contained news and updates for children with special health care needs in California. This e-newsletter was produced by a consortium including the State Children’s Medical Services Branch, Family Voices of California, the Los Angeles Partnership for Special Needs Children, CRISS, and USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.  This consortium shared the common goal of working toward improving systems of care for children with special health care needs in California. Its archived newsletters are available below:

Archived CACSHCNews

March/April 2011

November 2010

August 2010

April 2010

January 2008

October 2007

July 2007

April 2007

January 2007

October 2006

July 2006


Useful Links

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The site provides general information related to child health and specific guidelines on pediatric issues.

Catalyst Center is a national organization dedicated to improving health care coverage and financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. They work with states and stakeholder groups to identify strategies to increase coverage, close benefit gaps, provide more services and build the capacity of the system of care for CYSHCN. 

Family Voices of California (FVCA) (FVCA) is a statewide grassroots clearinghouse for information and education about ways to assure and improve health care for children with disabilities and chronic conditions. The FVCA Council is made up agencies from across the state that represents urban, suburban and rural areas in 36 counties.

Support for Families of Children with Disabilities is a parent-run San Francisco-based nonprofit organization founded in 1982 which supports families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need as they face challenges.

Family Resource Centers Directory provides contact information for Family Resource Centers in California.  The FRCs support families of children with disabilities, special health care needs, and those at risk.  They work closely with local community agencies, interagency councils, and other organizations within their area; provide parent-to-parent support, information dissemination and referral, family-professional collaboration activities, and transition assistance for families; and contribute to public awareness and outreach efforts associated with the early intervention services in their community.

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health is a non-profit organization that invests in efforts that promote better systems of care in California for children and youth with special health care needs and works on elevating the societal priority of children with policymakers and major stakeholders.

Regional Centers Directory provides contact information for all 21 Regional Centers in the state.  Regional centers are community based, nonprofit private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Leginfo is the official State of California Legislative Information website.  You can locate bills by bill number, author name, or key word.

California State Department of Finance is the official state site for information the state budget and other financial issues.

Legislative Analyst’s Office is the independent, non-partisan office that provides analysis to the Legislature on budget and other financial issues.

California State Senate is the official website of the State Senate and provides information on hearings and other activities concerning legislation, the budget, and other issues.

California State Assembly is the official website of the State Assembly Senate and provides information on hearings and other activities concerning legislation, the budget, and other issues.

California Budget and Policy Center is a private non-profit organization that provides independent analysis on the budget and other issues aimed at improving the lives of low and middle income Californians.