Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Assessment involves a systematic approach to developing and using data about children with special health care needs to improve statewide services. The approach includes determining prevalence and identifying needs of the population. It also promotes inclusion in community assessments, program planning and family leadership activities.
A Statewide Data Report on Children and Youth with Special Needs (PDF) was released in 2005 by the State Department of Health. The Data Report was developed in collaboration with the Center for Children with Special Needs at Seattle Children's, local health jurisdictions, and families. The publication, which included both county and state level data on children and youth with special health care needs is provided.
Other Data Resources
Ready to use chapters with Washington State data on children and youth with special needs are available in the Health of Washington State, 2007. Other data reports include:
- Medical Home Data Monograph (PDF), 2007.
- Youth with Disabilities: Risk Factors for Injury Data Monograph (PDF), 2009.
- Youth with Disabilities: Risk Factors for Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Use Data Monograph (PDF), 2009.
The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN), 2005-06
A nationwide survey about children with special health care needs conducted in 2005-06. A chartbook on Washington State highlighting the major findings, including information on prevalence, demographics, child health, health insurance, access to care, family-centered care, impact on family, and the six National Performance Measures is presented. National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs.
The National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH), 2007
A nationwide survey about children conducted in 2007. The survey was conducted for the first time in 2003.
A profile page on Washington State tracking the major findings, including prevalence and impact of a wide spectrum of health indicators on topics such as health status and health care for children ages 0-17 is presented.