Jamestown Salvation Army Offers Care Management Program for Medicaid Eligible Children and Teens



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Jamestown Salvation Army

Salvation Army Worship and Service Centers across upstate New York will begin next month to offer a new care management service for children and teens with health care needs, working very closely with parents as the child’s primary care provider.

The Jamestown Salvation Army is currently offering enrollment and reaching out to parents of eligible children and teens for this no cost care coordination service.

“The Salvation Army is very glad to offer this service to families with children who experience chronic health and behavioral challenges. We work with many families already through our food pantries, soup kitchens or other Salvation Army social services programs. We know that families are struggling to keep up with the many doctor and clinic appointments while they are facing other significant issues such as housing and unemployment,” said Major Ronald Foreman, divisional commander of The Salvation Army’s Empire State Division.

“Our focus is to assure that parents have the support needed so that their child or teen receives the necessary services, programs, and health care they need. With this care management service, we can also focus on the service needs of the parents too because we recognize when parents are struggling they are not able to provide the care needed for their child,” said Linda Wright, ACSW, The Salvation Army Empire Division Director of Social Services.

Salvation Army care managers will work with families to coordinate primary health care, specialized providers and services and then link them to needed community resources families may not be aware of.

Eligible families are those with children and teens enrolled in Medicaid who are dealing with two or more chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma or have a diagnosis of serious emotional disturbances, complex trauma, HIV/AIDS or serious mental illness.

“We are also reaching out to local community partners, schools, primary care facilities, to offer presentations on how this care management program can help their clients as well,” said Ms. Wright.

To learn more about the program, contact Sarah Johnston, Children’s Care Management director at (315) 434-1337.

The program will begin on December 5th.

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The Empire State Division of The Salvation Army covers 48 counties in upstate New York and one city in Pennsylvania (Sayre, Pa.) Our annual Red Kettle Campaign in November and December helps our 40 community and worship centers, service areas in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and 167 volunteer driven service units raise funds that remain in each community to help those in need.

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The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.