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Checklist of Needed Services for Children in Foster Care

  • Immediate eligibility for services

  • 7 day/week, 24 hour/day availability of emergency services

  • Community-based services

  • Culturally competent services (including language capacity that reflects consumers' primary language)

  • Initial health screening appropriate to the child's circumstances and agency concerns at the time the child enters foster care (within 24 hours)

  • Comprehensive, multidisciplinary health, mental health and developmental assessment within one month of the child's placement

  • Screening tests for common medical conditions such as anemia, lead poisoning, etc and risk assessments and screening tests for specialized conditions including HIV and in utero drug exposure if indicated

  • Developmental and mental health evaluations on a regular schedule

  • Immunizations

  • Comprehensive dental services including relief of pain and infection, restoration of teeth, and maintenance of dental health

  • Follow-up diagnostic and treatment services for all conditions and problems identified in the health assessment and developmental and mental health evaluations

  • Covered costs of hearing aids, eyeglasses, and other equipment

  • Ongoing primary and preventive health care services including reassessments at a minimum every 6 months

  • Access to appropriate specialty and subspecialty care

  • Case management designating one individual or center to be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the health care of foster children including a plan to meet the child's health care needs and identification of responsibilities and recommendations for follow-up care. Case management services must include assistance with scheduling appointments and transportation.

  • Coordinated medical and psychosocial recordkeeping



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