Our social workers offer a family support group four times a year. All members of the family are invited to learn coping strategies, hear suggestions for solving difficult situations, and find support in others who experience the same situations as you and your child. Feelings of normalcy are critical for children with diabetes and having the opportunity to meet other children with diabetes is an important process in adopting that normalcy. As part of our support group, we invite your child to participate in the support group by meeting other children with diabetes and learning coping strategies for being a child or teen with diabetes.
2013 Support Group Schedule
Diabetes never takes a vacation, and we understand the day-to-day care that you and your child must endure. It is important to understand the emotional and psychological stressors that you and your child may face so that you can provide the support and motivation to ensure successful diabetes management and compliance.
Resources for Emotional Support
Diabetes can quickly become an expensive disease to manage and we know you want your child to have the best possible care available. It is important that you know how to communicate with your insurance company and how to find the resources available to assist you financially with managing your child's diabetes. Children's Mercy financial counselors offer screening for Medicaid and financial assistance.
Resources for Financial Assistance
Transitioning Your Teenager to Adult Care
The day your child turns 18, you are no longer considered their legal representative (even if they live in your home or you are still financially responsible for them). Both Kansas and Missouri consider an 18-year-old a legal adult. You no longer have access to their financial, academic or medical information. Under the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), your teens' medical information is between them and their health care providers. To make medical decisions for your children 18 and over, they must grant you durable power of attorney. This is a signed document that will be placed in your child's medical records allowing you to access medical information.
If you call the diabetes team with questions related to your teen or prescription requests, the staff will ask that the 18-year-old patient call and request the information themselves. No medical information will be provided to parents of children 18 and older unless the teen has provided a written request and authorization to do so. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact one of our social workers at (816) 960-8802.