Health Advocate Role

The Mission of the Health Advocate Unit is to facilitate access to healthcare services and improve health outcomes of the children/youth and the families we serve. This mission is accomplished by developing internal/external partnerships, education and active participation in planning throughout the DCF system of care.
Health Advocates provide real time assistance in resolving barriers to necessary health care services. In this role, Health Advocates are problem solvers and help assure DCF-involved children and their families have access to emergency, urgent and routine medical, dental, vision and mental health services at their time of need.   Health Advocates support front-line DCF staff, foster parents, families, community programs (including MDE clinics) and staff in congregate care settings, assisting their efforts to provide comprehensive health services.  Health Advocates are the link between DCF and community providers, insurance companies, state agencies, our congregate care sites and our CTDHP/CTBHP partners. 
With a focus on prevention, Health Advocates are currently developing systems that reduce the likelihood that barriers will arise which prevent access to timely healthcare services.
Click here to learn more:  "Putting the Pieces Together" Powerpoint