Health Advocates

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

Allison.Bombard@CT.gov

 

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FORMER FOSTER YOUTH

Insurance Coverage for Youth in Foster Care Though Age 26

At age 18, you can decide to stay involved with DCF or you can decide to leave DCF care.  You will need to complete a DCF-779 Form indicating your choice.  If you decide to stay involved with the agency, DCF will ensure you have medical coverage and access to the services you need.
 
If you decide to leave DCF care or you "age out" of DCF care, you may be eligible to receive Medicaid coverage until you are 26 years old.
 
On January 1, 2014, if you a) were in foster care in Connecticut on your 18th birthday or exited foster care after your 18th birthday, and b) were on Medicaid while in care, you will be eligible for Medicaid until your 26th birthday. ¹
 
Follow this link to learn about the Affordable Care Act.
 
¹ See, Kenny Feder and Sharon Langer, M.Ed., J.D. "Health Reform Provides New Health Coverage for Youth Formerly in Foster Care", CT Voices for Children. July 2013.

 

Things to know about your insurance

You have a Husky health card in your name with your client ID number. You may carry this card with you and should present it at all health appointments.

Covered services:

     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

 

RESOURCES
General Healthcare & Health Insurance Information

 

DSS Husky Health Program

Information on CT Medicaid, benefit overview from behavioral health, medical coverage, dental and pharmacy.

 

DSS ConneCT

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).

 

Access Health CT

Information on CT’s official health insurance marketplace.

 

Veyo: Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT)

Information on Medicaid’s limited transportation benefit for members who have no other way of getting to their medical, behavioral health or dental appointments.

 

CT Department of Public Health

Provides wide variety of information on specific health related topics such as immunizations laws, school health forms, environmental health and disease prevention.

 

 

Medical Resources:

 

HUSKY Health

Website for CT Medicaid, including information covered benefits and services, eligibility criteria and enrollment.

 

CT’s Medical Home Initiative (CMHI)

A family-centered, community-based care coordination program for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN).

 

Health Grades

A quick search engine to access doctors and hospitals

 

 

Behavioral Health & Mental Health Resources:

 

CT Behavioral Health Partnership

Information on mental health and substance use services, including covered benefits and how to access services.

 

CT Collaborative to Improve Autism Services

Information on Autism diagnosis, services and family support.

 

EMPS Mobile Crisis Intervention Services

Information on crisis services available by calling 2-1-1 for children and adolescents experiencing a behavioral or mental health crisis.

 

Psychology Today

Provides a directory of clinical professionals and psychiatrists searchable by specific criteria and location.

 

 

Dental Resources:

 

CT Dental Health Partnership

Access dental services and details on those programs

 

CT Foundation for Dental Outreach and CT Mission of Mercy

Access locations of free dental screenings

 

CT Oral Health Initiative

A statewide advocacy organization devoted to forwarding oral health in CT

 

 

Pharmacy & Prescription Resources:

 

CCM Drug Savings Program

Access to free, or nearly free, prescription medicines

 

DCF Centralized Medication Consent Unit

Responsible for reviewing all requests for psychotropic medication use by a child or youth committed to DCF.

 

Proper Disposal of Unneeded Medication

Department of Consumer Protection provides information on proper disposal of unneeded medications.

 

 

National Resources:

 

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information, resources and tools to help protect children and strengthen families.