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.

What is HCP? Find out with this video.

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.

Emergencies and  medical, mental, or emotional concerns

If you or your child are having a medical emergency, please call 911 or seek emergency care. 

If you or your child are experiencing mental health, substance use, or emotional concern:

Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional with the Colorado Crisis & Support Line. Reach out for free, confidential, professional, 24/7 support. Provides free, confidential, professional, and immediate support for any mental health, substance use, or emotional concern, 24/7/365. 

For medication refills or concerns

Please connect with your pharmacy and/or your primary care provider. 

Free Nurse Advice Lines:

The Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) Nurse Advice Line provides Health First Colorado members free around-the-clock access to medical information and advice in both English and Spanish and is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


ParentSmart Healthline™ | Children's Hospital Colorado

When you call Children's Hospital Colorado ParentSmart Healthline™  you can receive free health care advice from registered nurses. ParentSmart is there for you 24/7, providing access to expert pediatric care and peace of mind.


Report suspected child abuse and neglect 

CO4KIDS is available 24 hours a day, every day. Don't hesitate to call and get help. Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately. 

1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1‑844‑264‑5437)

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.