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The Special Kids Network (SKN), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Elks Home Service Program, helps children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities get the services and support they require in order to thrive in their community and develop to their full potential. We accomplish this by:
  • providing information on health care services and other resources by calling the SKN,    toll-free helpline (1-800-986-4550);
  • offering service coordination to families through a partnership with the Pennsylvania Elks Home Service Program where an Elks Home Service staff person will work with families in their homes to connect them to needed services and resources; and,
  • supporting eight regional coordinators, who are all parents of children with special health care needs and disabilities, to work in communities to identify service gaps and address the unique challenges of service systems.     
The Special Kids Network contains three components: 
 
The Special Kids Network facilitates Parent Youth Professional Forums (PYPFs) twice a year in each of the eight regions.  These PYPF's provide support, gather input from families, youth, and other stakeholders; and improve services for children and youth with disabilities and special health care needs. 
 
The Special Kids Network invites parents, youth and professionals to attend free events designed to improve services for children and youth with special health care needs. 
   
1.    When: April 5, 2018
       Time: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
       Where: Education Building    
                 JC Blair Hospital   
                 1225 Warm Springs Avenue
                 Huntingdon, PA 16652
       Topic: Family Road Map
       Contact: Marty Dombrowski 814-289-9521
 
2.    When: April 20, 2018
       Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
       Where: Public Library for Union County
                   255 Reitz Boulevard
                   Lewisburg, PA 17837
       Topic: Family Road Map
       Contact: Tammy Pursel 814-270-5556
 
3.    When: April 24, 2018
       Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
       Where: Barber National Institute
                   100 Barber Place
                   Erie, PA 16507
       Topic: Family Road Map
       Contact: Annie Wilkins 814-270-5553
 
4.    When: April 26, 2018
       Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
       Where: 2300 Linglestown Road
                   Harrisburg, PA 17110
       Topic: Family Road Map
       Contact: Grace Egun 814-270-5600
 
5.    When: May 11, 2018
       Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
       Where: Fayette County Behavioral Health Administration
                   215 Jacob Murphy Lane
                   Uniontown, PA 15401
       Topic: Early Childhood Risk and Resilience
       Contact: Jillian Clegg 814-270-5595
 
6.    When: May 16, 2018
       Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
       Where: Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living
                    713 North 13th Street
                    Allentown, PA 18102  
       Topic: Exploring Assistive Technology     
       Contact: Twanna Vann 814-270-5618
 
7.    When: June 2, 2018
       Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
       Where: Tunkhannock Public Library
                    220 West Tioga Street
       Tunkhannock, PA 18657
       Topic: IEP Meetings and Why You Should Go
       Contact: Kim Minor 814-279-2581