Klamath County Public Health-

Maternal and Child Health Outreach

CaCoon

CaCoon is a care coordination program for families that have children with special health needs.  The program is a cooperative effort between families and health care providers. This program can help:

  • Parents find resources to meet needs
  • Coordination of services, such as between local providers and families
  • Monitoring of development
  • Screen children who are at risk and monitor their progress
  • Identify developmental problems early
  • Provide medical and legal information about your child's condition
  • Find important care services as close to your home as possible
  • Teach special techniques for caring for your child
  • Give support in times of stress and crisis

CaCoon's goal is to help you and your family learn new skills to become as independent as possible in caring for your child.

Eligibility
CaCoon serves families with children birth - 21 years of age who have complex medical conditions which result in special medical, educational, vocational and social needs.  Services may relate to:

  • Cleft lip and/or palate
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Heart disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chronic orthopedic problems
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Genetic disorders
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Motor dysfunction requiring special feeding programs
  • Other chronic conditions
  • For children age six and over (who are not eligible for CaCoon), the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) provides comprehensive services through special clinics around the state and limited financial assistance for approved medical care.

Where do I get help?
CaCoon is sponsored by CDRC at Oregon Health Sciences University.  If you need assistance through CaCoon, please contact your local care coordinator (Kathy DeVoss, RN, Klamath County Health Department) or call CDRC at these toll free telephone numbers:

  • 1-800-452-3563 (Portland)
  • 1-800-637-0700 (Eugene)

Raising a child with special health care needs can be challenging and rewarding.  It also can be confusing and exhausting -- for the whole family.  You and your family may need the services of many different professionals and agencies.  You may have to travel away from home for specialized health care.  Sometimes you just may need to talk to someone who has been in your shoes and understands what you are going through.