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Between 1999 and 2009, the Massachusetts Consortium for Children with Special Heath Care Needs was dedicated to improving systems of care
for children with special health care needs and their families throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Consortium believed that communication and collaboration among stakeholders across the system of care is essential to achieving significant, sustainable systems change.

Through the active participation of more than 200 individual and organizational members, the Consortium emphasized the power of partnerships in addressing gaps and barriers in the state's service system. It created a forum for information exchange and strategic thinking, conducted research, and identified innovative policy solutions for system improvement.

Members included physicians, other health care providers, families, state agency personnel, researchers, health plan leaders, educators and advocates.

While much was accomplished over an active ten-year period, the Consortium closed in June 2009.

The legacy and work of the Consortium is documented on this website and includes a final set of recommendations to inform and guide future program and policy development across the Commonwealth. It is our hope that the next generation of advocates will use these resources to further system improvement efforts for children with special health care needs and their families in Massachusetts.

Christina Fluet
Executive Director

Meg Comeau
Steering Committee Chair

Susan G. Epstein
Consortium Founder