GEORGIA

3070 Presidential Parkway Suite 130
Atlanta, GA 30340
Phone:  (770) 451-5484Fax:  (770) 458-4091Toll-Free:  (800) 229-2038
  
Primary Contact(s):
Sitara Nayak, GA (770) 451-5484
Grant Abstract Summary:
Family to Family Health Choices (F2F) is designed to significantly improve the ability of Georgia families to access health services, advocacy and community supports. Primary services are built into four Opportunity Levels. At all levels, parents receive the training and information they need to build partnerships with health professionals to create successful collaborative health delivery models that can help reduce barriers for a productive and independent future. These Levels of Opportunity of F2F drive the four goals of the project: to encourage thinking, coaching, mentoring and leading. We will involve families, staff and community partners in the planning, implementation and evaluation of F2F so the project can continue to improve.

Activities/Methodology:Family to Family Health Choices (F2F) is designed to significantly improve the ability of Georgia families to access health services, advocacy and community supports. Primary services are built into four Opportunity Levels. By doing this families can receive assistance where they are in their lives, and have opportunities to increase their knowledge and build their capacity to be partners in decision-making when they are ready. At the first level, Information Opportunities, families can access a wealth of health information in may different formats and medic. In Support Opportunities, parents can use their knowledge and experience to assist other families. Families involved in Educational Opportunities further share experience and knowledge with larger groups of parents and professionals, in training and workshop situations. In the final level, Leadership Opportunity, families can participate in opportunities to be involved in policy reform in their community and the state. At all levels, parents receive the training and information they need to build partnerships with health professionals to identify and then create successful collaborative health delivery models that can help reduce barriers for a productive and independent future. These Levels of Opportunity of F2F drive the four goals of the project.
Highlighted Activity:
Round Table Discussions on Transition Planning
We are collaborating with Children’s Medical Services (CMS, Georgia’s MCHB Division that serves CSHCN) to convene discussion groups of parents and professionals across the state around transition planning for Georgia. To date we have conducted six round table discussions to learn what families need for transition services and support; what families have experienced in this area; what services are working well and what are not; and what is their biggest fear about their child’s transition. When all eight round table discussions are complete, results will be used to develop a Georgia State Transition Plan. We are thrilled that CMS began this important process with families and has selected a family-driven organization to facilitate this work! This represents a very significant shift in approach and we are anxious to see the results!
Shared Resources:
Resources are shared by the F2FHICs to help families, other family leaders and partners. While you are welcome to adapt any of the materials for your organization, we ask that you include an acknowledgement of the author/source in your adaptations and that you let the original author know of your use of the materials. Copyrighted materials may not be reproduced or adapted without the express permission of the author.
A 2-page description of the HIPP program, including general description, eligibility, definition of cost-effectiveness, private insurance and more.
A 4-page guide to guardianship, conservatorship, and alternatives published by Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities.
A 4-page description of EPSDT in Georgia; includes definition, description of services, how to access services, claim denial process, appeals process, EPSDT for children covered by Medicaid, and more.
! 1-page description of services and contact information for Parent to Parent of Georgia.
What Others are Saying about this F2F HIC:

Thank you for the information you armed me with. I had a successful meeting and got a great 504 plan put in place for my son. Without your help, I would not have been able to accomplish this. The Assistant Principal and school psychologist were very impressed and stated that they were glad I had done their work for them. I have referred Parent to Parent to several friends who have children with disabilities. Thanks a million, you helped me accomplish something I couldn’t get done for the past three years!

- a Georgia parent