Definition: Percentage of children ages 0-17 with special health care needs whose families had, and did not have, difficulties or frustration accessing community-based services needed for their child in the past year, by type of insurance (e.g., in 2009-10, 43.3% of publicly insured children with special health care needs in California had difficulty accessing community-based services).
Data Source: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health, National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (Dec. 2012).
Footnote: Children with special health care needs are defined as those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally. Community-based services include: early
intervention programs, childcare facilities, vocational education and
rehabilitation programs, and other community programs. For more information, see the Data Source above.