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.

Membership in the CoC is open to anyone with an interest in improving the systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs in Maryland.

Why the Consortium?

More than 244,000 children in Maryland have special health care needs.

Almost 1 in 4 Maryland households with children report having a child with special health care needs, greater than the national average.

Over 1/3 of Maryland families of CSHCN do not have insurance that is adequate to pay for the services they need.

Only about 55% of families of CSHCN report that they are partners in decision-making and satisfied with care; Maryland ranks 42nd among the states in successfully achieving this goal.

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of January, April, July and October of each year from 10 am to 12:30 pm.

2017-2018 Meeting Schedule:

October 18, 2017
January 17, 2018
April 18, 2018
July 18, 2018


The Meeting House in Columbia
5885 Robert Oliver Place
Columbia, MD 21045

For more information, contact Kelly Meissner at
410-768-9100 × 107 or

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