See the programs below for FREE resources for children on the Flint Water System. Even if you might not see any effects of lead in your children’s behavior, its still a good idea to enroll them in programs to ensure their future is as bright as they are!
Parents of children residing in zip codes 48501-07 and 48532 can sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that sends a book each month to the home of each registered child (birth through five years of age) at no cost to the family. Children of different ages receive different titles; the books are carefully selected and are the children’s to keep. Parents report that their children love these books and look forward to their arrival in the mail. To learn more or to enroll a child you care for click here or visit the Flint Public Library!
Genesee County is one of nine communities across the State of Michigan implementing the Children’s Healthcare Access Program (CHAP). CHAP is a collaborative, community-based medical home improvement model intended to improve the health outcomes of low-income children covered by Medicaid insurance, while raising the quality of care, better utilizing resources, and decreasing costs.
Families are referred to CHAP by participating pediatric practices, Medicaid health insurance plans, Genesee County’s 2-1-1 system, or through self-referrals. A multidisciplinary CHAP team provides services to families that include:
- Parent education
- Asthma education and case management
- Care coordination
- Patient navigation
- Referrals to community resources
- Interpretation and transportation services
The CHAP team works with providers offering assistance to:
- Improve office efficiency
- Decrease no-show rates
- Meet medical home certification requirements
- Conduct follow-up on emergency department utilization
- Create linkages to community resources
- Educate on clinical best practices
- Develop data reports on CHAP eligible clients
- Implement quality improvement projects focused on preventative services
- Connect with other pediatric providers
CHAP also facilitates change at the system level in the effort to reduce the health disparities experienced by children insured by Medicaid improving quality and access to medical homes, reducing emergency department visits and hospital admissions, and improving the overall health outcomes for the children it serves.
Initial CHAP Program medical practice partners include Hurley’s Children’s Center, Genesys Family Health Center, Apkinar Children’s Clinic, and Hamilton Community Health Network. These partners represent a pediatric practice, family medicine practice, private physician practice and a federally qualified health center respectively.
For additional information or to learn how you may participate in Genesee County CHAP, please phone (810) 953-CHAP or email CHAP@flint.org.
Positive early childhood experiences can help limit the effects of lead on kids and improve their behaviors and readiness for school. Preschool and supportive homes are important because early education, having fun and spending time with caring adults helps kids succeed!
1. Talk with your child’s doctor about potential lead exposure and have blood lead levels checked.
- Ask your child’s doctor or primary care provider about the AGES AND STAGES Questionnaire. The questionnaire may also be provided by your child’s preschool teacher or child care provider. It is a screening tool that parents can use to identify the stages of child development.
- Take your child to his/her routine Well Child Visits. When your child’s doctor or primary care provider is able to see your child regularly, developmental delays will be identified more quickly. Your child will be referred for services more quickly.
2. Enroll your child into an early childhood program such as Early Head Start, Head Start SKIP to a Great Start or the Great Start Readiness Program GSRP 4 Year old preschool program. Early Childhood educators will provide you and your child with developmentally appropriate learning and activities to help your child learn. Call 591-KIDS.
3. Read with your child every day
Anyone under the age of 21 or any pregnant woman who was served by the Flint water system and whose family income is income is 400 percent or less of the poverty level (a family of four can make $97,200 per year) may be eligible for Medicaid. This includes:
- Children that live in Flint
- Children that lived in Flint anytime from April 2014 until the present but moved out of the City or is planning to move.
- Children that live outside of the City of Flint but went to school, daycare or frequently visited family members that live in Flint
- Children born to a woman served by the Flint water system from April 2014 until present.
If you already receive Medicaid, this expansion comes with new services. If you have questions, you may call the Beneficiary Help Line at 1-800-642-3195 (TTY 1-866-501-5656 for persons with hearing and speech disabilities).
For more details and other health related resources visit the Health section of this website. You can also visit the Nutrition section to learn what foods can help your child fight the effects of lead in the body.
You may be eligible for free child care!
If these statements are true, regardless of your income, you may be eligible for the Child Development and Care (CDC) program through the Flint Emergency Declaration:
- You have a child(ren) under the age of four.
- You currently live in the Flint water system area.
- You (when you were pregnant) or your child lived, worked, orreceived childcare or education at an address that was serviced bythe Flint water system at any time from April 25, 2014 throughAugust 14, 2016
For information or to apply, contact your local Genesee County MDHHS office located at:
- 125 E. Union St Flint, MI 48501; 810-760-7300
– OR –
- 4809 Clio Rd Flint, MI 48501; 810-787-7101
For general information about the Child Development and Care (CDC) program, visit www.michigan.gov/childcare or call 866-990-3227. Click Flint CDC Flyer for a printable flier!