What We Need
• Uncompensated Care
• Current Priorities - Vision 2016
At The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, kids come first. Our commitment to children with special needs is what drives our continued emphasis on providing exceptional care. Sometimes that care is given even when we receive little to no compensation.
Our mission to provide care to children with special healthcare needs regardless of their family’s ability to pay has been unwavering. Since 2001, The Children’s Institute has provided nearly $40 million in uncompensated care to children with special needs and their families.
Your contribution to uncompensated care will benefit children in need of complex medical care. Your gift helps to ensure that a child will receive necessary care regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
Current Priorities - Vision 2016
The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh will be a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the provision of family-centered care and coordination of services for children and youth with special needs and for any child needing rehabilitation services. The hallmark of The Children’s Institute’s legacy will continue to be an unwavering commitment to these children and their families.
Vision 2016 was inspired by a comprehensive community needs assessment and a thorough environmental needs assessment. Key stakeholders were interviewed regarding our future direction and priorities for existing as well as potential new programs and services. In response to the identified needs, there will be a strategic shift in our community role and expansion of our programs and services:
Provide Medical Home Services
Building on our existing rehabilitation and case management expertise and our demonstrated ability to adapt programming to meet community needs, the organization will take the natural next step in service expansion by establishing a medical home for children and youth with special healthcare needs. Primary care physicians, registered nurses and social workers will provide primary health care and care coordination services along the full continuum of care for children and youth with special needs— and their typically developing siblings.
Offer Outpatient Behavioral Health Services to Augment the Continuum of Care
There is a growing necessity for accessible behavioral health services for children and youth with special health care needs. The Children’s Institute has established an outpatient mental health program to provide appropriate, accessible services through a multi-disciplinary approach. Children and families who are already receiving services for chronic pain and/or concussion management may receive our outpatient behavioral health services at this time.
Develop a Transitional Program for 18-25 Year Olds
The lack of services for youth with special health care needs when they reach adulthood is an issue of national and regional concern. At age 21, young adults become ineligible for the services and case management from which they previously benefitted—for many, throughout their entire childhood. The Day School at The Children’s Institute currently provides on-site transitional age programming to students through age 21. Expansion plans include providing more comprehensive transition services to young adults through the age of 25.
Establish a Telepresence: Telehealth, Tele-education, Telepractice, Televisitation
Expanded use of telecommunication, computer and information technologies by The Children’s Institute will significantly improve accessibility to services for children and youth with special health care needs and their families, especially those living in remote, rural and underserved areas. Virtual medical, educational and family services programming will complement in-person service delivery and increase opportunities to engage with other providers on behalf of this population.
Establish and Enhance “Centers of Excellence”
For selected programs, including Autism, Prader-Willi syndrome, Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Family Visitation, we will solidify our reputation locally, regionally and nationally by advancing our position as “Centers of Excellence.”
Provide Comprehensive Permanency and Family Support Services
Project STAR will continue its leadership role, responding to the needs of its clients to increase the availability of respite services and investigating development of a host home model for adolescents aging out of the foster care system while continuing to expand the range of existing services.
Enhance the Interior and Exterior Spaces to Foster Health, Growth and Security in a Child- and Family-Centered Environment
The Children’s Institute will enhance the aesthetics and identity of the facility and continue exterior improvements inspired by the recently completed Nimick Family Therapeutic Garden, as well as complete security upgrades for a safer environment for children and families. The building’s historic entrance on Denniston Avenue will be included in this renovation, creating additional and accessible outdoor space for nearby classroom and clinical areas.
Continue to Develop Organizational Capability to Ensure Sustainability of the Mission
The Children’s Institute will build leadership, adaptive management and technical capacity in order to grow and flourish. Additionally, we will continue to explore new treatment modalities and treatment efficacy through translational research.
The recent strategic planning process of The Children’s Institute has led to the establishment of initiatives requiring a strategic investment of at least $11.5 million. As part of the planning and implementation process, we will strategize on partnering with the philanthropic community to provide at least $9.5 million to meet the needs of children and youth with special health care needs in our community. The Children’s Institute will provide the remaining balance of $2 million from its own resources.
To support any of the strategic initiatives under Vision 2016, please contact Deborah Desjardins at 412.420.2216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.