The DCF Health Advocate Unit
The mission of the Health Advocate Unit is to facilitate access to healthcare services and improve the health outcomes of DCF-involved children and families. By problem solving and removing barriers to care, the Health Advocates ensure DCF involved children and families have timely and appropriate access to healthcare. Health Advocates are embedded in the DCF area offices and are a resource for DCF Staff, foster parents, statewide partner agencies (including MDE clinics) and congregate care staff to improve the health outcomes of children.
Allison Bombard, LCSW
DCF Health Advocate Supervisor
FORMER FOSTER YOUTH
Dental exams= 2 X per year
Vision exams= 1 exam per year & complete glasses (frames & lenses) if needed
Prescriptions= most medications that a MD deems medically necessary are covered
Condoms and birth control are covered
General Healthcare & Health Insurance Information
Information on CT Medicaid, benefit overview from behavioral health, medical coverage, dental and pharmacy.
Online portal where you can access information on and apply for medical benefits, food stamps and/or cash assistance available through the Department of Social Services (DSS).
Information on CT’s official health insurance marketplace.
Website for CT Medicaid, including information covered benefits and services, eligibility criteria and enrollment.
A family-centered, community-based care coordination program for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN).
A quick search engine to access doctors and hospitals
Behavioral Health & Mental Health Resources:
Information on mental health and substance use services, including covered benefits and how to access services.
Information on Autism diagnosis, services and family support.
Information on crisis services available by calling 2-1-1 for children and adolescents experiencing a behavioral or mental health crisis.
Provides a directory of clinical professionals and psychiatrists searchable by specific criteria and location.
Access dental services and details on those programs
Access locations of free dental screenings
A statewide advocacy organization devoted to forwarding oral health in CT
Pharmacy & Prescription Resources:
Access to free, or nearly free, prescription medicines
Connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information, resources and tools to help protect children and strengthen families.