Specialized Health Needs Interagency Collaboration (SHNIC): Description

How Can SHNIC Help?

Professionals from the public school system, parent groups, health departments and related community services agencies can access the following SHNIC services:

  • Community-based consultation and training on managing a child's specialized health needs.
  • Consultations and training on the educational implications of a child's diagnosis.
  • Seminars and workshops on specialized health needs.
  • Case-by-case consultations for students with traumatic brain injury.
  • Referrals to other community and health resources or support services.
  • Literature search of publications and educational materials on specific medical conditions.

Examples of Specialized Health Needs:

The program's services include working with infants, children and adolescents who need assistance with:

  • Tube feeding mechanisms
  • Urinary catheterization
  • Management of a tracheostomy or ventilator
  • Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, tumors or central nervous system infections
  • Procedures associated with genetic disorders or orthopedic impairment
  • Specialized health technology

How to Contact SHNIC:

To inquire about the program and its services, please call (443) 923-4558. Your technical assistance needs will be discussed and you will be referred to one of the program coordinators. If you reach voicemail, please leave a message and a referral specialist will return your call.