Boyer’s project will eliminate barriers to access early intervention services and reduce health outcome disparities for children who are homeless. The project centers on bridging two social services systems in King County through an innovative partnership: the family homeless shelter system and the early intervention system. The project will implement an assessment, referral, and health services program for children with special healthcare needs who are homeless. Funding will connect social services systems in King County and improve outcomes for low-income families.
Boyer will provide consultation to Mary’s Place homeless shelter staff on developmental delays and disabilities. Boyer will provide resources on developmental monitoring to identify possible developmental delays. Mary’s Place staff will learn how to refer children to early intervention services and Child Find. Boyer will provide Mary’s Place staff with the necessary systems of referral to support families as they are referred to Boyer or other early intervention providers. Children will receive formal screenings and evaluations for developmental delays and disabilities to qualify for early intervention services. Boyer will provide early intervention services to children who are homeless. Boyer will develop a replication model with other early intervention providers in King County.
Funding from PHPDA will implement the planning and innovation work that Boyer has led over the past year to bridge gaps in service coordination among family homeless services and early intervention services. By implementing a multi-system intervention, the project will address access barriers and health outcome disparities for children who are homeless.
Boyer Children’s Clinic
Boyer Children’s Clinic mission is to improve the quality of life of children with neuromuscular disorders or other developmental delays by providing the best solutions for each child and family. They envision a world where each child in the Greater Seattle area will have the opportunity to reach his/her full developmental potential, and each family will have the skills and support to parent its child.
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Mary’s Place Seattle
Empowering homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community. Mary’s Place is a leading voice for homeless women, children, and families in emergency situations. We empower women to reclaim their lives by offering community, acceptance, hope and dignity. Our work keeps struggling families together and provides practical tools and resources that help women find housing and employment. We inspire the community to support homeless women and families through advocacy, partnerships, volunteerism and philanthropy.