Ensuring Youth Entering Foster Care Find Medical Home
The Wheeler Health & Wellness Center in Bristol serves as an integrated primary and behavioral health care resource for youth in Wheeler’s Foster Care Clinic/Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation (MDE) program.
The program, funded by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), works collaboratively with health care providers, including Community Health Center and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, to identify the mental health, developmental, medical and dental needs of youth entering foster care. Medical, dental and mental health professionals collaborate with DCF workers and foster and biological parents to assess and make recommendations to meet each child’s needs within the first 30 days of placement in care and ensure that children have an established medical home. Wheeler’s program serves youth in one-third of the state, including DCF Region 5 – Waterbury, Torrington and Danbury, and DCF Region 6 – New Britain and Meriden.
“Wheeler’s Health & Wellness Center is an effective resource for our work with youth from Bristol and surrounding towns,” said Christine Gillies, program manager. “We’ve integrated our evaluation efforts to provide primary care providers and foster parents with guidance and information to meet a child’s physical and emotional health needs during their time in foster care.”