HCP, a care coordination program for children and youth with special health care needs

What is HCP? 

HCP programs are located within local public health agencies throughout Colorado. 


Our nurse-led teams provide care coordination for children and youth with special health care needs from birth to 21 years. Children can benefit from this program whether their needs are visible, such as a physical need, or invisible, such as a developmental, emotional, or behavioral need.

Care coordinators connect families with the information and resources they need to manage their child’s health care.

Any family can use these care coordination services for their child/youth at no cost, regardless of income or diagnosis. 

How does care coordination work?

Care coordinators and families work together to:

  • identify and prioritize the needs of the family.
  • develop a plan of care to work on shared goals.
  • help family members become strong advocates for their children/youth.

What services do care coordinators provide?

Care coordinators can help families build skills to:


  • find local services and supports (web page).
  • plan and prepare for life transitions.
  • understand their child’s medical and behavioral health care needs.
  • access care and schedule appointments with providers.
  • coordinate communication across their child’s health care team.
  • connect to others who can address food, housing, and transportation needs.


This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number B04MC28087, Maternal, and Child Health Services. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.