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Child and Youth Health-Care Standards
These resources provide guidance on critical elements and standards for providing health care to children and youth in out-of-home care, including State and local examples.
Standards of Excellence for Health Care Services for Children in Out-of-Home Care, Revised Edition
Child Welfare League of America (2007)
Describes best practices for planning, providing, and evaluating health-care services for children in out-of-home care.
State Regulation of Residential Facilities for Children With Mental Illness (PDF - 818 KB)
Ireys, Achman, & Takyi (2006)
Identifies methods States use to monitor residential facilities for children with mental illness.
Fostering Health: Health Care for Children and Adolescents in Foster Care, 2nd Ed.
American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Health Care for Children in Foster Care (2005)
Recommends strategies for attending to health concerns of children in care. This edition offers updated information about practice standards that address procedures, initial and ongoing screening, preventive health care, treatment services, and treatment plan reviews.
The Impact of HIPAA on Child Abuse and Neglect Cases (PDF - 21 KB)
Examines new patient privacy provisions under the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and their impact on accessing patient health records in child abuse and neglect cases. It explains that Title II of the law requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish national standards for electronic health-care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health plans, and employers, and discusses the security and privacy of patient health data.
Meeting the Health Care Needs of Children in the Foster Care System: Framework for a Comprehensive Approach: Critical Components
Center for Child and Human Development, Georgetown University (2003)
Suggests that attending to health-care needs of children in foster care requires creating a comprehensive, community-based health-care system that includes a number of specific components.
State and local examples
Guidelines for Best Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (PDF - 689 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (2001)
Includes links to documents that refer to clinical challenges Pennsylvania Child and Adolescent Service System Program practitioners regularly face and offers a set of qualitative standards.