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DCFS / Healthworks of Illinois
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HealthWorks of Illinois Program services are similar to the Family Case Management Services offered at JCHD. Nurses work with foster parents of wards under the age of 6, offering services to ensure that the child is receiving adequate health care and services while in placement. Nurses also work with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) caseworkers keeping them aware of the child's healthcare needs and of services the child may be receiving or need. Some children are followed by other agencies like Lutheran Child and Family Services and Catholic Social Services, the nurses work closely with these agencies also.

JCHD operates the HealthWorks of Illinois Program under the supervision of the lead agency located at Effingham County Health Department in Effingham, Illinois. Nurses attend quarterly meeting offered by the lead agency to keep up-to-date on current happenings and changes with the program.

Nurses working with the HealthWorks of Illinois Program at JCHD offer medical case management for those children under the age of 6 residing or placed in Jefferson County. Nurses work with the biological parents to get a complete health and family history for the child. Nurses also work with the foster parents, to ensure that appropriate services are being accessed as needed while the child is in foster care. Nurses obtain complete medical records on each child to evaluate if there is any services or referrals that the child might need. Nurses work with DCFS to make sure that the health requirement guidelines for foster children are being followed and met.

Wards age 6 and older residing or placed in Jefferson County are followed by the lead agency at Effingham County Health Department.

If you have any questions about this program, you may contact Jennifer , Family Case Manager, at (618)244-7134.