CaCoon (CAre COordinatiON)

CaCoon

Home visits by a Public Health nurse for families that have children with special healthcare needs.

Raising a child with special health care needs can be challenging and rewarding. It also can be confusing and exhausting -- for the whole family. You and your family may need the services of many different professionals and agencies. You may have to travel away from home for specialized health care. Sometimes you just may need to talk to someone who has been in your shoes and understand what you are going through.

CaCoon is a program from Oregon’s Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (OCCYSHN).  

OCCYSHN's MISSION is to improve the health, development, and well-being of all Oregon's children and youth with special health care needs.

OCCYSHN's VISION is that all Oregon's children and youth with special health care needs are supported by a system of care that is family-centered, culturally competent, community-based, coordinated, accessible, comprehensive, and continuous.  

 

CaCoon

WHERE DO I GET HELP?

CaCoon is sponsored by CDRC at Oregon Health Sciences University. If you need assistance through CaCoon, please contact CDRC at these toll free telephone numbers: 1-800-452-3563 (Portland), 1-800-637-0700 (Eugene) or call your local care coordinator.

WHO DOES CACOON SERVE?

CaCoon is a public health nursing program serving families that have a child (age 0-21) with a disability or a chronic health condition. The most vulnerable families, such as those with a newly diagnosed infant, are prioritized for CaCoon services.

HOW CAN A CACOON NURSE HELP MY FAMILY?

A CaCoon nurse partners with your family over time to:

  • Identify your child’s strengths and needs.
  • Connect with healthcare and other community supports.
  • Make sure your child’s health team works well together. (The team is made up of your family and the professionals involved.)
  • Get the information you need to make health-related decisions for your child.
  • Identify problems and help you find solutions.

If your youth with special health needs is age 12-21, CaCoon services can your family plan and prepare for adult health care, work, and independence.

Click here to complete a referral form for CaCoon. 

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