About the Medical Home concept

A medical home, often referred to as a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) or family-centered medical home (FCMH), is not a physical location, but a system of coordinated care for providing primary health care to those in need. The medical home often provides multifaceted support and resources for patients with special needs and their families by working with staff including primary healthcare providers, specialists, care coordinators, social workers, nurses, and front desk staff. Enhanced coordination focuses on reducing barriers for accessible and quality preventative, acute and chronic care. A medical home promises to offer care that is accessible, compassionate, continuous, coordinated, comprehensive, culturally appropriate and family-centered.

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Medical Home Initiatives currently funded by the NJ Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism

Hackensack Meridian Medical Home: The Medical Home for Autism, part of the Institute for Child Development, has an extensive range of professional staff that are there to diagnose, evaluate, treat, advise and direct families to services that are appropriate for their child and family’s needs. The medical home includes partnerships between patients, clinicians, medical staff and families and it acts as a central source for the patient and family. The medical home offers a wide range of accessible services which are patient and family centered, coordinated, caring and culturally effective. Within the medical home model, a single point of entry for obtaining services is identified. A treatment plan is then developed and implemented in an organized way that meets the needs of the patient and family. At the Medical Home for Autism patients will receive a state-of-the-art evaluation from a highly respected developmental pediatrician.

Jersey Shore Medical Home: The Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Child Evaluation Center (CEC) Autism Care Coordination Program (ACCP) focuses on improving the process and access to transition services for adolescents and young adults up to 21 years with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. The program has two components, working within the CEC and working with Monmouth and Ocean county primary care pediatric offices. ACCP provides a comprehensive family-centered team approach to follow-up visits for patients diagnosed with ASD at Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Child Evaluation Center.  ACCP offers an opportunity to connect with a social worker and behavior analyst in addition to the developmental pediatrician. Additionally, ACCP connects with various health care providers and services to help navigate the transition process for adolescents. The key areas the program focuses on are 1) medical/mental health, 2) educational/ vocational needs, 3) medical-legal concerns, and 4) accessing community services.