Promoting cross-sectoral cooperation in the early intervention model

Cross-sectoral cooperation is a complex process involving different systems with their complexities and separate protocols through partnership, sharing responsibilities and benefits. In the developmental system model of early intervention, cross-sectoral coopera- tion implies the connection between the health care system, social welfare and the educational system. In the Republic of Croatia, this type of cooperation has not come to life at the level that would be necessary for the entire system to function adequately. This is why families of children with neurodevelopmental risk and developmental difficulties are often left to fend for themselves and seek support and therapy. Objective: The aim of this paper is to present a model of connecting the health institution, the paediatrician of the health center and the experts of the social care institution that provides early intervention services (EI), and to examine whether this cooperation ac- celerates family involvement in EI support and services. Methods: The collaboration was conducted through secure virtual communication, with paediatricians directing families of chil- dren with a certain deviation from typical development to a social institution, the EI provider, where experts conducted triage by team development assessment. Results: 27 children and their families were included and it was shown that the mentioned cooperation led to the acceleration of obtaining support for the family in an average of 72 days. It also turned out that there was an indirect acceleration of administrative procedures in exercising the right to EI service in 13 days. Conclusion: The results show a positive effect of cross-sectoral cooperation and networking through a system of information ex- change through secured technologies. Key words: DELIVERY OF HEALTH CARE; SOCIAL SUPPORT; EARLY INTERVENTION; INTERSECTORAL COLLABORATION
Category: Original scientific paper
Volume: Vol. 65, No 3, october - december 2021
Authors: Tena Matijaš, Dajana Bulić
Reference work: Paediatr Croat. 2021;65:174-9

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