Community of Care Consortium (COC)

The COC is a working group of diverse stakeholders, including families, providers, advocates, consumers, administrators, and professionals from the public and private service systems. The COC is dedicated to improving systems of care for children and their families in the state of Maryland. Using the national agenda for CSHCN and core outcomes as a starting point, the COC works to create systems of care that promote optimal health, functioning, and quality of life for Maryland CSHCN and their families.

Core Outcomes include:

  • Families of children and youth with special health care needs partner in decision making at all levels and are satisfied with the services they receive;
  • Children and youth with special health care needs receive coordinated ongoing comprehensive care within a medical home;
  • Families of CSHCN have adequate private and/or public insurance to pay for the services they need;
  • Children are screened early and continuously for special health care needs;
  • Community-based services for children and youth with special health care needs are organized so families can use them easily;
  • Youth with special health care needs receive the services necessary to make transitions to all aspects of adult life, including adult health care, work, and independence.

The COC meets quarterly in January, April, July and October and all are welcome to attend.
For more information see our website or contact Kelly Meissner at
410-768-9100 × 107 or


The Parent Health LEADers program is funded in part by a grant from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.