Family Care Enhancement Project (FCEP)
The FCEP places Parent Resource Coordinators (PRCs) from diverse backgrounds in clinics to provide information and support to families who have children with disabilities and complex health care needs.
The Family Care Enhancement Project is designed to:
- Help families connect with Early Development Network services.
- Offer statewide assistance to support families who have children with disabilities or complex health care needs.
- Bring disability issues to the forefront of medical, social and policy conversations.
Who are Parent Resource Coordinators?
PRCs are parents or family members of children with complex health care needs or disabilities. They have specialized training and share lived experience with the families they support. They act as community health workers, linking families to the services and support they need.
Our PRCs help:
- Connect families to community resources.
- Empower families to advocate for their child.
- Navigate across medical, education and community services.
- Educate and mentor families on their rights.
- Partner with families and professionals to enhance culturally competent family-centered care.
Parent Resource Coordinators can link families to:
Early Intervention Services - Referrals to and coordination with the Early Development Network and other early childhood services.
Insurance Access - Nebraska Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver programs and other programs.
Parent Education - Hosting support groups/workshops.
Program Eligibility - WIC (nutritional program for Women, Infants and Children), Childcare, respite and other social services.
Community Resources - Housing, utilities, summer camps and recreational activities.
Caregivers Corner Facebook Group
MMI Caregivers Corner (join the group) provides information aligned with the mission of the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) about community activities and events or education and training opportunities designed to assist caregivers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
The FCEP is funded through the support of the Nebraska Early Development Network, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, the MMI University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the collaborating clinics.