Definition: Percentage of children ages 0-17 with special health care needs, by complexity of need, whose
care met all age-relevant federal minimum quality standards: 1) shared
decision making between families and providers; 2) care within a
medical home; 3) consistent and adequate insurance coverage; 4) annual
screening through preventive medical/dental visits; 5) access to
community-based services; and 6) transition planning for adulthood for
ages 12-17. "More complex needs” refer to those requiring more
than just prescription medication to manage the conditions, while
“less complex needs” refer to those primarily managed by prescription medications.
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. For information about statistical significance, see the report in the Data Source above.