The François-Xavier Bagnoud Center within the Rutgers School of Nursing is home of the Child Health Program (CHP). The CHP is a nursing resource that supports the welfare goals of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) / Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) by orienting, educating and supporting nurses to provide Health Care Case Management (HCCM) to children and families. The nursing goals promote optimal growth, development, health and well being and the united goal is to improve the long-term outcomes for children and youth. Every child and youth in placement is assigned to a nurse who provides health education and anticipatory guidance to families of origin, resource providers, and youth. They ensure access to appropriate health care and timely follow up.
The CHP provides nurses with the educational foundation to ensure the provision of physical and mental health care for children and youth in foster care. New Jersey’s data indicates that strong partnerships with child welfare, nursing, community providers and families are necessary to achieve the best outcomes for children and families. Presently, over 90% of children in placement in New Jersey are current with immunizations and well child care and approximately 80-85% of children receive semiannual oral health care (CSSP December 2011).
The CHP is integrated within DCF / DCP&P and is co-located in 47 local offices throughout New Jersey. Each DCF / DCP&P office has a Child Health Unit (CHU) staffed with a Clinical Nurse Coordinator (CNC), to manage the work of the unit and coordinate with the DCP&P local office managers. Baccalaureate prepared nurses serve as Child Health Unit (CHU) Nurses and Staff Assistants provide support gathering records, scheduling appointments and tracking data. Additional administrative support is provided by 13 Regional Nurse Administrators (RNA) covering multiple Child Health Units across the state.
The CHP HCCM model provides nursing care focusing on children removed from their family of origin. The model acknowledges the importance of family for the child. The nursing process is core to delivery of HCCM. The process is fluid and requires ongoing assessment, planning and evaluation. During a child’s placement, the CHU Nurse works collaboratively with the child, biological parents, resource parents, case workers and community providers to integrate the health plan within the child welfare case plan, to coordinate health care services and to advocate for child specific health care services. CHU Nurses are responsible for assessing physical and mental health needs through medical record reviews and home visitation, monitoring follow up, response to care, and advocating for the care needs of children who enter placement.
The CHP is led by a strong team of Advanced Practice Nurses with experience and expertise in nurse management, child welfare, pediatrics, nurse case management, mental and behavioral health, education, and informatics.
For more information contact:
Nina Colabelli, RN, MSN, CPNP
Director, Child Health Services
François-Xavier Bagnoud Center