Health care information and services
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General health care information
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Designed to serve AACAP members, parents and families by providing information to aid in the understanding and treatment of developmental, behavioral and mental disorders. Topics include child and adolescent psychiatry, fact sheets for parents and caregivers, current research, practice guidelines, managed care information and more.
Autism information from Medline Plus
Symptoms, diagnosis, therapies and treatments, research, autism support organizations and more.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders) Information (National Institute of Mental Health)
Autism Spectrum Disorders Knowledge Path (Georgetown University’s Maternal and Child Health Library)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
NINDS conducts and supports research on brain and nervous system disorders and provides information on these disorders: >
- Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD)
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Publicaciones en Español — Autismo: Información del autismo del Instituto Nacional de Trastornos Neurológicos y Accidentes Cerebrovasculares/(NINDS).
List of clinicians who diagnose Asperger’s Syndrome is provided (listed by state) as well as articles and other publications and resources.
A national grassroots clearinghouse for information and education concerning the healthcare of children with special health care needs.
- Bright Futures for Families
Provides families with family-friendly child health and development information and materials based on the Bright Futures Guidelines used by health professionals across the country.
Center for Medical Home Improvement
A medical home is a process of care offered by primary care providers in partnership with families of children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Children and families are recognized, welcomed and supported by their community based medical homes.
Developmental Disabilities and Oral Health (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)
Includes practical care guide for people with autism as well as everyday care information for caregivers.
Missouri Bureau of Special Health Care Needs
Provides programs and assistance with health care coordination and funding for children and adults with special health care needs. Includes a list of Missouri health care providers for children with special needs.
Family Partnership Program
Family Partnership is part of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Special Health Care Needs. It was developed to assist individuals with special needs and their families in building relationships with other families in similar situations and in obtaining useful information regarding health care benefits and choosing insurance plans.
Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Office of Autism Services
Includes autism fact sheet, extensive resources guide, Missouri research agenda, camps for children with autism and more.
- Eleven Regional Centers in the state serve children with developmental disabilities. Regional centers provide assessment and case management services. They are the primary points of entry into the system. Families and children may also be referred to one of five regional autism projects that collectively provide services to approximately 2500 families statewide. The programs and services are designed to assist in skill development of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and provide needed training and support for families.
- Missouri Network of Care (NOC) — County and regional information and resources on mental/behavioral health and developmental disabilities for individuals, families and agencies
Judevine Center for Autism
The Judevine Center for Autism provides evaluations and assessments; specialized parent training; specialized training for professionals; training and consultation; workshops and seminars; family support; clinical therapies; transitional treatment; adult programs and support; and residential services for Missourians and beyond.
Touchpoint Autism Services, Inc.
TouchPoint Autism Services strives to be a single "touch point" for help and hope to families impacted by autism. Headquartered in St. Louis, the organization employs more than 500 staff members, has 26 residential homes, and seven office locations across the state of Missouri - annually serving more than 3,000 people with autism spectrum disorders and their families.
Institute of Human Development at UMKC
Briefly, the focus of the Institute for Human Development is to develop partnerships for effective social change.
- Missouri Developmental Disability Resource Center (MODDRC)
Provides information and referrals online or through phone contact for parents/caregivers, consumers and professionals on specific disabilities and related topics. Also provides support group and networking opportunities for parents of children with developmental disabilities.
- Sharing Our Strengths
Missouri’s parent to parent/peer support network for parents of children with developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs, individuals with disabilities and professionals. Located at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Institute for Human Development.
Paying for health care
State of Missouri Health Care Programs (Missouri Department of Social Services)
Includes information on the Missouri Children’s Health Insurance Program, Missouri Healthnet, Medicaid, the Missouri Rx (prescription drug) program and more.
Missouri Care Health Plan
Established by the University of Missouri, the Missouri Care Health Plan is a managed care health plan that serves 18 counties in central Missouri. It provides coverage for all MC+ Managed Care health programs, including MC+ for Kids, MC+ for Pregnant Women and MC+ for Parents in mid-Missouri.
Social Security Disability Starter Kits
The Disability Starter Kit will help you get ready for your disability interview or online application. Kits are available for adults and children under age 18. The kits also provide general information about the disability programs and the decision-making process that can help take some of the mystery out of applying for disability benefits.