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

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.

Who can receive HCP services?

  • HCP provides services to Colorado children and youth with special health care needs from birth to 21 years, those who have or are at risk for physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions.

  • HCP services are tailored to fit the need of individual families.

  • Any family can use HCP 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

  • 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

Partner and provider resources

Policy and guidelines, forms and training for HCP program providers at local public health agencies.


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.