Policy Statements

Posted on: December 28, 2010

Illinois Medical Home Project

A medical home is an approach to providing primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective. In a medical home, the primary care team develops a trusting relationship with the family and works as a partner to assure that all of the child’s needs are met.

Through its medical home initiatives, ICAAP works with individual physicians, primary care practices, and community and state agencies to support the dissemination and implementation of the medical home model, with a focus on improving services for children with special health care needs. The “Coordinating Care Between Early Intervention (EI) and the Primary Care Medical Home” initiative aims to overcome barriers to referral and care coordination for children eligible for EI services by improving communication among primary care practices, Child and Family Connections staff, and families.

Key policy statements are linked below:

Role of the Medical Home in Family-Centered Early Intervention Services (2007)

AAP, Council on Children with Disabilities

The purpose of this statement is to assist the pediatric health care professional in assuming a proactive role with the interdisciplinary team that provides early intervention services. [...more]

Identifying Infants and Young Children with Developmental Disorders in the Medical Home: An Algorithm for Developmental Surveillance and Screening (2006)

AAP, Council on Children with Disabilities

This policy statement explains that developmental surveillance should be a component of each preventive care visit. [...more]

The Medical Home (2004)


This policy statement provides a comprehensive explanation and operational definition of the medical home concept. [...more]

The Pediatrician’s Role in Development and Implementation of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and/or an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) (2006)

AAP, Committee on Children with Disabilities

This article outlines the role of the pediatrician in the development and implementation of an IEP and IFSP. [...more]

For more information about the Coordinating Care project, please contact:

Jodie Bargeron, MSW, LSW
Manager, Medical Home Initiatives
Illinois Chapter, AAP
1400 W. Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
E-mail: jbargeron@illinoisaap.com
Phone: 312/733-1026 ext 209
Fax: 312/733-1791