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COVID-driven stressors such as sudden and long-term school closures, lack of face-to-face contact with therapists, disruptions in home care, and lack of respite opportunities for caregivers are taxing children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families.  
While states implemented a variety of positive emergency regulations and policy flexibilities in response to the pandemic, few of these flexibilities focused on identifying and addressing the consequences of these new stressors and the resulting behavioral health challenges facing CYSHCN and their family caregivers.
In this webinar, a panel of experts discussed the regulatory flexibilities that had a positive impact on the behavioral health of CYSHCN, reflected on the unique stressors and behavioral health needs of this population, and highlighted policy recommendations to address those needs from the report COVID-19 Policy Flexibilities Affecting Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: What to Keep, Modify, or Discard?
We suggested that attendees read the report prior to the event.


Webinar Recording


Margaret (Meg) Comeau, MHA

Senior Project Director, Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health at Boston University

Debra Manners, MSW LCSW

President & CEO, Sycamores

Nicole Pratt

Senior Parent Professional Trainer, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network

Helen DuPlessis, MD, MPH, FAAP

Principal, Health Management Associates