About the CHIPRA Project

The State of North Carolina, Department of Health and Human Services, was awarded a five-year quality demonstration grant for the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) by the US DHHS’s Health Resources and Service Administration. The grant contains three parts which includes the following:

  • Category A, which experiments with and evaluates the use of new measures for quality of Medicaid/CHIP children’s health care.
  • Category C, which evaluates new provider-based models to improve the delivery of care to Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN.)
  • Category D, which demonstrates the impact of the model Electronic Health Record (EHR) format for children.

CHIPRA Connect, also known as Category C, was launched in March 2011 to assist participating practices within Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) networks to implement a medical home for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) with a focus on social-emotional, developmental, and behavioral health. Eleven practices in four CCNC networks participated in 2011. Joined in 2012 by two additional practices, this first cohort continues its work. Practices that will comprise a second cohort are being selected and will be announced in January 2012.

The NC Center of Excellence for Integrated Care and NC Community Care Networks provide support and integrated care technical assistance to the participating networks and practices to implement and test these provider-base models to establish a comprehensive medical home for children and youth with special health care needs.