Welcome to the MetroHealth Medical Home for Children in Foster Care
We are pleased to introduce a new collaboration between MetroHealth and the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to provide a Medical Home to all youth in the foster care program.
The following questions and answers may help better explain what a Medical Home is and why it’s important for children in foster care:
What is a Medical Home?
A medical home identifies a place where children placed in your care receive their health care. Whether they just need routine care, physicals, immunizations, or are sick, all of their care is organized and provided by the same team of providers.
What is the purpose of the program?
The goal is two-fold. First, that all children receive excellent routine health care on a consistent basis, and in a timely manner, by a provider with whom you and the child are familiar with. Secondly, that there is prompt access to pediatric specialists when physical and/or mental health concerns are identified.
How do I enroll in this program?
All children in foster care will automatically be enrolled at their mandatory 30 day (after triage/intake) comprehensive physical.
What are the benefits of the MetroHealth Medical Home?
- A primary care provider for both sick and well care.
- Assistance with Behavioral and Mental Health concerns with evaluation by a child psychologist and psychiatrist consults as needed.
- On-going monitoring of medications.
- Age-appropriate Developmental Screenings at the 30-day physical and on-going as appropriate.
- Evaluation by a pediatric Dietician as appropriate.
- Access to MyChart, an Electronic Medical Record to manage immunization records, recent doctor’s appointments and more.
- Free access to the MetroHealth Pediatric Wellness Center on main campus for exercise, health,food and nutrition programs.
- An assigned Care Coordinator.
What is a Care Coordinator and how will it help me?
A care coordinator is a Registered Nurse (RN) who is available by phone, and at visits on the MetroHealth main campus. They are able to assist with:
- Navigating appointments, referrals, etc.
- Reminders about upcoming appointments
- Assistance with school-related issues
Can I still go to another hospital/doctor’s office?
YES. Life-threatening emergencies should always be seen in an Emergency Department. There may also be times when a child is referred to a specialist at another facility, or, when for convenience, the child is seen at one of MetroHealth’s 16 Health Center locations. As a foster parent you always have the option of receiving care by any provider you choose, at any facility you choose.
Who can I call if I have additional questions about this program?
- The MetroHealth Care Coordinator at 216-778-3756
- The DCFS Health Care Coordinator at 216-881-4712
- Your DCFS caseworker
For questions or concerns related to the MetroHealth Medical Home for Children in Foster Care, or to discuss the health of the child in your care, call 216-778-3756.