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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 191. State Plan for the Children with Special Health Care Needs Program

12VAC5-191-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this regulation shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Appeal" means the client's right to seek relief from an unfavorable decision in obtaining services or assistance included in the plan.

"Applicant" means an individual who applies for the services under this regulation. An application may be filed for or on behalf of a minor or person under a legal disability by a parent, legal guardian, and attorney in fact, or an attorney at law.

"Bleeding disorders" means inherited problems in coagulation caused by missing or poorly functioning proteins in the blood such as hemophilia and von Willebrand Disease.

"Board" means the State Board of Health.

"Care coordination" means a process that links individuals and their families to services and resources in a coordinated effort to maximize their potential and provide them with optimal health care.

"Center" means a unit providing Care Connection for Children services.

"CCC" means Care Connection for Children.

"Children and youth with special health care needs" means individuals who are ages birth to their twenty-first birthday and have, or are at increased risk for, a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.

"Client" means an individual who meets all the eligibility criteria for a program and has been accepted for services.

"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Health.

"Community-based" means a framework within which a variety of programs work together to meet the many, varied needs of children, youth, and families in communities.

"CSHCN" means children with special health care needs.

"Culturally-competent" means the ability to provide services to clients that honor different cultural beliefs, interpersonal styles, attitudes and behaviors and the use of multicultural staff in the policy development, administration, and provision of those services.

"Department" means the Virginia Department of Health and includes the central office, regional offices, health districts, and local health departments.

"Developmental disorder" means a delay(s) in maturation or deviant maturation of physical, language, sensory, motor, cognitive, social, learning or self-help capabilities to the extent that there is a negative impact on a child's ability to adapt to or cope with the typical environmental demands as expected for chronological age.

"Direct health care services" means medically necessary services for the treatment and monitoring of a condition(s) covered by the program. The services are generally delivered one-on-one between a health care professional and a client in an office, home, clinic, outpatient department, or hospital.

"Director" means the Director, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program.

"Division" means the Division of Child and Family Health.

"Enabling services" means support services that allow or provide for access to and the receipt of benefits from an array of basic health care services.

"Family" means the client and other such household members who together constitute one economic unit. An economic unit is one or more individuals who generally reside together and share income.

"Family-centered care" means an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care whose cornerstone is active participation between families and professionals. Family-centered care recognizes that families are the ultimate decision makers for their children, with children gradually taking on more and more of this decision-making themselves.

"Family-to-family support" means the provision of information and peer support among families having experience with family members having special health care needs.

"Guardian" means a court-appointed guardian of the person.

"Information and referral services" means assisting clients and their families to find available services, responding to inquiries from the general public, and disseminating information for accessing specific services.

"MCH" means maternal and child health.

"Medical home" means a concept in which the child has an ongoing source of health care from a primary care physician who works together with the family to ensure that the child has accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective medical care.

"Parent" means a biological or adoptive parent or a stepparent.

"Plan" means the State Plan for the Children with Special Health Care Needs Program prepared pursuant to Title V of the United States Social Security Act, as amended.

"Pool of funds" means funds designated for payment of direct health care services. Access to the pool is not an entitlement and is subject to availability of funds and guidelines that govern its eligibility and coverage of services.

"Population-based services" means preventive interventions and personal health services developed and available for the entire MCH population of the Commonwealth rather than for individuals in a one-on-one situation.

"Program" means the Children with Special Health Care Needs Program.

"Provider" means an individual or agency that provides a service under an agreement between the individual or agency and the Children with Special Health Care Needs Program or its contractors.

"Resident" means an individual who resides within the geographical boundaries of the Commonwealth.

"Services" means those activities provided or arranged by the various programs within the Children with Special Health Care Needs Program.

"Sickle cell disease" means any inherited hemoglobin pattern with a predominance of hemoglobin (S) in absence of, or greater than normal hemoglobin (A); or hemoglobin S with another hemoglobin variant such as C, D, or E or beta thalassemia.

"Sickle Cell Program Manager" means an employee of the Pediatric Comprehensive Sickle Cell Clinic Network who is designated to be responsible for the administration of the statewide Pediatric Comprehensive Sickle Cell Clinic Network.

"Transition services" means assisting the client and his family in the process of making necessary changes from life as a youth with special health care needs to life as an adult with special health care needs. Aspects to be addressed include health and wellness; education, vocation, and employment; mobility, transportation, and recreation; and legal, insurance, disability benefits, and housing.

"Underinsured" means having medically necessary service needs that exceed an individual's health insurance coverage limits.

"Uninsured" means having no private health insurance or state or federal medical assistance coverage.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-77 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 21, eff. July 25, 2007; amended, Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 7, eff. January 24, 2014.

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