Testimonials

How are people defining community-based services?

“Community-based services are supports provided so as to allow individuals to fully take part in their community.”
       — Parent of a CSHCN

“Services provided to a population which allow them to receive services in home or closer to home and meet the needs of the local culture.”
       — Health Care Provider

“Community-based services are services that are accessible locally and specialize in non-institutional health care and supports and that provide assistance to people with special health care needs and their families in achieving the greatest degree of independence possible and the highest health status possible.”
       — Title V Director

“Services that are close and accessible to the areas in which people live and interact on a daily basis. This includes resources as well as opportunities to be actively engaged with others in the areas.”
       — CSHCN Coordinator

“Community services are defined as services that are available to all families wherever they live. These services must be able to address the unique needs of the family including cultural and linguistic diversity. They must be accessible and affordable to all.”
       — CSHCN Coordinator

What are people saying about integrated community services that are easy to use?

“Integrated community services that are easy to use have several attributes including seamless transition from program to program, a prolific cross-service referral system, inter-agency or inter-program knowledge of other programs' attributes (which leads to reductions in redundancy), and a reduction of barriers to service for those who qualify.”
       — Title V Director

“Integrated community services build on the existing infrastructure for the service delivery system, avoid duplication, and identify strategies for filling gaps in services. Integrated services establish effective, reciprocal relationships with other community providers. For the consumer, there is "no wrong door"; linkages with needed services occur regardless of which agency/provider serves as their initial contact. Transition between and among service providers is seamless for the consumer.”
       — Title V Director

“I think of this as services in the community that are associated with typical peers and allow the individual to easily move about and be in the community the same as adults without disabilities.”
       — Parent of a CSHCN

“Services that provide persons a needed or required service or treatment that is delivered in an efficient timely manner by highly qualified professionals in the community where you reside.”
       — Parent of a CSHCN

“This would be defined as a one-stop shop to be educated about and receive services. In our rural communities you normally must travel to several buildings to find assistance, one for health, one for housing, one for something else.”
       — Parent of a CSHCN