Care Connection for Children

Care Connection for Children, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health, is a statewide network of regional programs that provides health care coordination, community support, and resources to children with special health care needs.

Carilion Clinic was selected as one of six Virginia networks that will give local children with special health care needs access to optimally effective, community–based medical and support services.

The program ensures increased access to specialty care, as well as assistance with obtaining health insurance, accessing area resources and determining eligibility for outside funding.

Creating Connections

Care Connection’s team–based approach pulls together case managers, medical personnel, educators and family members to determine how children with special health care needs can reach their maximum potential. We serve as a lifeline in gaining access to and coordinating the many different services that can help a child with a physical disability.

    For Children

    There are approximately 190,000 children living in the Commonwealth of Virginia who have physical disorders that are expected to last for at least 12 months. These children require treatment beyond that normally expected for their age.

    In Roanoke, or one of the other regional affiliates, the Care Connection program can help children in such difficult circumstances get the care they need.

    Care Connection Child Eligibility

    • Live in Virginia
    • Are under age 21
    • Have a diagnosed physical disorder that is expected to last longer than 12 months

    Care Coordinators connect families with:

    • Local health care providers who have expertise with children with special health care needs
    • Health care payment options
    • Resources from the community
    • School programs and services
    • Other families experiencing similar situations

    Map of Virginia

    Find cities and counties served by our center on this map of Virginia.

    Meet Our Team

    Care Coordinators connect families with:

    • Local health care providers who have expertise with children with special health care needs
    • Health care payment options
    • Resources from the community
    • School programs and services
    • Other families experiencing similar situations

    Program Manager

    • Tammy Campbell, MBA, Care Connection for Children, Program Director

    Care Coordinators

    • Jennifer Clemo, RN
    • Chris Helton, BSW
    • Jody Sforza, RN, BSN
    • Julie Warner, RN
    • Dorrene Whorton, BSN, RNC

    Educational Consultant

    • Patricia Fellabaum, MEd.

    Support Staff

    • Kay Fisher, Administrative and Program Specialist II
    • Brenda Taylor, BA, Parent Resource Coordinator

    Resources and Information

    Winter 2016 Newsletter
    Care Connection for Children Directory
    Referral Worksheet

    MyHealth Passport

    Going to a new doctor or having to go to an emergency room? MyHealth Passport is a customized, wallet-size card that gives you instant access to your medical information. 

    Upcoming Events

    Deadline for Applications and Scholarships End Soon!

    • NAMI Young Adult Retreat – Youth MOVE - Saturday March 25, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This event will be held at: The Well at VCU, 815 S. Cathedral Place in Richmond, VA 23220. Find out more by contacting Amanda Long at: (804) 285-8264 ext. 211 or email: along@namivirginia.org. You may also register here.
    • 4th Annual Roanoke Valley Audible Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Lord Botetourt High School, 1435 Roanoke Rd., Daleville, VA 24083. Participants must register by April 1, 2017, by emailing: mkbrown@rcps.info or calling 540-853-1911.
    • Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) – Attention Special Education Parents and Advocates in Virginia! 2017 Virginia Advocacy Symposium, Richmond, Virginia. April 11 – 12, 2017. Contact PEATC for information at: (800) 869-6782 or visit their website @ http://www.peatc.org/
    • 11th Annual I'm Determined Youth and Parent Summit - June 14-16, 2017, at James Madison University. Deadline for application submission is 5:00 pm on March 9th, 2017. Only 120 applicants will be selected, please go to: http://www.imdetermined.org/youth/youth_summit/
    •  Partners in Policymaking Training – Make a difference in your community. Gain advocacy and leadership skills. Eligible participants must have a developmental disability or parents of young children with developmental disabilities. All session expenses (training, lodging, meals, and travel) are covered by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities. Training starts September 2017 – April 2018. Application deadline March 31, 2017. Click this link for more information https://www.vaboard.org/training.htm.

     

    Contact Information

    If a child in your family has special health care needs, please contact or have your health care provider contact:

    Roanoke Area Care Connection for Children
    1615 Franklin Road, SW
    Roanoke, VA 24016
    540-985-8470
    866-906-2999
    Fax: 540-224-4433

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