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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. 
Sept. 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carbon County, Pyramid Sports Performance Center, 230 Ochre St., Lehighton, PA 18235.  Topic: Emergencies can happen at any time.  Planning for emergency situations for families, youth and others with special needs before an emergency happens.  Contact: Kimberly Minor by phone at 814-279-2581 or email at
Oct. 18, 2016 at 5-8 p.m., McKean County, Smethport High School in the LGI room, 412 South Mechanic St., Smethport, PA 16749.  Topic: Bullying Prevention.  Contact: Cindy Dollinger by phone at 814-289-9326 or email at
Oct. 26, 2016 at 6:30-9 p.m., Lebanon County, Lebanon Valley Family YMCA, 201 N. Seventh St. Lebanon, PA 17046.  Contact: Grace Egun by phone at 814-270-5600 or email
Oct. 27, 2016 at 1-4 p.m., Northumberland County, Northumberland County Career and Arts Center, Room 304, 2 East Arch St., Shamokin, PA 17872.  Contact  Tammy Pursel by phone at 814-270-5556 or email at
Nov. 2, 2016 at 5-7:30 p.m., Butler County, Butler Public Library, 218 N. McKean St. Butler, PA 16001.  Contact: Melissa Morgan by phone at 814-270-5595 or email at