Kansas recently joined Help Me Grow, a national program that fosters collaboration among child-serving organizations, and the state designated HACC as the lead agency for Ellis County’s early intervention services.
“Help Me Grow will ensure that all children and families in our community have access to the services they need to thrive,” says Beth Fisher, R.N. of HACC.
HACC’s role will be to make sure that early-childhood developmental screenings and referrals to needed services are guaranteed to all at-risk children in Ellis County.
Last year, HACC and the Hays Interagency Coordinating Council (HICC) provided free screening to 219 children.
Help Me Grow is still new here, and HACC has been bringing together agencies, with the goal of improving service coordination.
Currently, HACC has brought a number of key agencies under the Help Me Grow umbrella, including HICC, the Pediatrics and Family Medicine offices of Hays Medical Center, the Ellis County Health Department, High Plains Mental Health Center, Clinical Associates P.A. and the United Way of Ellis County.
HACC is reaching out to more providers, as we work towards creating a centralized access point, and planning for family and community outreach and data collection and analysis.
According to the Help Me Grow National Center, this collaborative model is designed to help states and communities maximize resources, identify vulnerable children and empower families to support their children’s healthy development.
Twenty-eight states are now part of the Help Me Grow system.