The Specialized Health Needs Interagency Collaboration Project (SHNIC) is a community-based program that provides on-site training and technical assistance to parents and personnel from schools and community service programs throughout Maryland at no cost.

Combining the expertise of the Kennedy Krieger Institute and other local medical professionals with the resources of the Maryland State Department of Education, SHNIC provides parents, school staff and community service professionals with the skills they need to safely and effectively manage the integration of children and adolescents with specialized health needs into educational and community settings. Parents and professionals from the public school system, 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
  • Database of publications and educational materials on specific medical conditions

Primary Program Goals

The primary goal of the SHNIC Project is to provide community education that facilitates the inclusion of students with specialized health needs into the community. For more information about the services offered through SHNIC, please click on the links below.

Diagnoses Served

Any health condition or technology that requires adaptations, modifications or health procedures in community settings (e.g., spina bifida, brain injury, dysphagia, spinal cord injury).

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

Hours of Operation

Scheduled by appointment.


To Request Training or Technical Assistance:
Phone: (443) 923-4558

For Information:
Joan Carney
Phone: (443) 923-4555

    Related Materials and Information

    A Guide for School Personnel Working with Students with Spina Bifida (PDF)
    Guide for School Personnel Working with Students with Spinal Cord Injuries (PDF)
    A Guide for School Personnel Working with Students with Chronic Pain (PDF)
    PowerPoint Presentation: Communication, More Than a Marble Composition Book (PDF)
    Going to College: A Resource Guide for Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities
    Osteogenesis Imperfecta (PDF)
    PANDA and PANS (PDF)

    Additional Resources

    The Resource Finder: A Resource of Kennedy Krieger Institute