Follow the Child Program

FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES MESSAGE:

Due to COVID-19 the following precautionary measures are being taken to prevent unnecessary exposure for staff and families we serve:

  • WIC: All WIC offices are closing to the public. If you currently have an appointment scheduled, the WIC clinic staff will be contacting you to complete it over the phone. You will continue to receive and be able to use your benefits as long as your certification is active. Contact your local WIC clinic for remote service, or call the State Office at 1-800-433-4298 for assistance. The State Office will also be available by email at montanawicprogram@mt.gov.
  • Home Visiting (Parents as Teachers, First Year Initiative, SafeCare, Montana Asthma Program): Home visiting staff will be doing all home visits by phone or video conferencing depending on the guidance of each program. Home visitors will contact current and newly referred clients individually to schedule remote appointment times. It is our goal to continue to provide as many of our families as possible with the resources they need, so please call us at 406-454-6950 with questions or concerns.
  • Car Seat Program: We will not provide car seats or car seat checkups until further notice. 
  • Parenting Classes: All parenting classes have been temporarily cancelled. Current participants will be notified once classes resume. 
  • CONNECT Referral System: Onboarding will continue; however, in-person training and meetings are cancelled. Trainings will take place remotely.
  • Foster Child Health Program: Nurses will not provide in-person visits to foster parents, but will remain in contact as necessary.

Please call us at 406-454-6950 with questions or concerns.

City-County Health Department and Department of Family Services have teamed up to implement a new program called Follow the Child.  A public health nurse from the Health Department will be working with children age 0-18 years of age in foster care in Cascade County.

The nurse will provide health care case management, ensuring that each child receives all scheduled and recommended medical care, including: visits to primary doctors, immunizations, dental exams and treatment, eye exams, developmental screening and follow-up, mental health care, physical and speech therapies, and other care as needed.  Home visits to the children and their parents/foster parents will assess the needs of the children based on past medical care. The nurse will then coordinate any referral necessary for complete medical, dental or emotional care. Clearly defined medical goals will help DFS to assist with completion of the plan. The nurse will compile a health history summary which will follow the child throughout care, and which will be turned over to the child when he or she reaches adulthood.

For more information on our Follow the Child program, please call Marcia Ward, RN at 761-9888.