The Section of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics works within the community to broaden services and programs for our fellow Oklahomans:
SoonerSUCCESS works to advance a comprehensive, unified system of health, social and educational services for Oklahoma Children and Youth with Special Needs through community based resource coordination. County coordinators help coalitions identify gaps in service and to develop their own unique ways of addressing the gaps. The program expanded to 18 counties which covers over half of the children in Oklahoma. Improving inclusive community capacity for families raising a child with special needs is a major focus. Additionally county coordinators provide service navigation to families of children birth to 21 years of age. The program offers statewide resource and referral since it merged with Oasis in 2012, a statewide information and referral for families raising a child with special needs. Bilingual Spanish services are now available. For more information on Sooner SUCCESS please use this link, SoonerSUCCESS.
Additional programs for families
- Sibshops: A program specifically for siblings that have a brother or sister with special needs. Currently there are over 14 active Sibshops including two unique focuses, Supporting Hispanic Siblings and the Children’s Center.
- Lifespan Respite Voucher Program: Funded by the Aging Services Division of Department of Human Services. This program allows caregivers to have a temporary break from their caregiving duties.
- Parents with Intellectual Disabilities: Funded by the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council to train providers to provide support to parents with intellectual disabilities.
- Health Care Transition: For two years the program has worked on health care transition to assist families and providers transitioning from pediatric to adult health care services. A subcommittee was established and meets bi-monthly or as needed to fulfill this performance measure set by DHS Title V.
- On the Road Family Perspective Conferences continue to be held throughout the state to provide a one-day training for families to learn about services and supports for their child with special needs/disability.