Digital Access

Digital Access
Access saukvalley.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, Daily including the e-Edition or e-Edition only.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from SaukValley.com, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.
Letters to the Editor

Agency offers specialized care for kids

National Family Caregivers Month recognizes those who selflessly and continuously care for their relatives.

Caring for a child with special needs, in particular, is one of the most rewarding yet demanding circumstances a family can face. Each diagnosis prompts its own flurry of questions and anxieties. The maze of information, health insurance and medical bills can seem endless, and multiple doctor visits can feel like a juggling act.

University of Illinois, Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) recognizes these challenges and is here to help. DSCC is a statewide program that partners with Illinois families and their local communities to connect children with special health care needs to the services and resources they need to reach their full potential.

We have 12 regional offices, including in Rock Island, and work with doctors, schools and community groups to develop a plan of care that addresses a child’s medical, social, behavioral, educational and financial needs. This process is called care coordination and is free for all children with eligible medical conditions, regardless of their family’s income level.

Our care coordination is tailored to each family and can include finding specialized medical care, explaining insurance benefits, and arranging transportation for appointments. This assistance empowers families to feel more confident and organized in their child’s care.

Too many family caregivers feel isolated and overwhelmed. DSCC is here to put them at the center of a seamless support system that improves the quality of their lives. To learn more, visit https://dscc.uic.edu.

Note to readers: Thomas F. Jerkovitz is executive director of UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children.

Loading more