A Shared Plan of Care (SPoC) is a tool that is designed to help you communicate and share information about your child with members of their care team, including doctors, nurses, therapists, emergency responders, respite care providers, teachers, and child care providers. A SPoC allows families to share information on how to best care for their child’s health needs. Rather than relying on separate medical care plans at each provider’s office, a SPoC engages multiple care team members to contribute to and build upon a single plan.
Once the SPoC has been filled out, all members of the care team should have access and refer to it on a regular basis, and practice in alignment with agreed upon goals and treatment plans. When it is implemented correctly, a comprehensive SPoC can help strengthen relationships, enhance communication, and improve outcomes.
My Shared Plan of Care was developed by the Department of Health in consultation with its partners, The New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (NJAAP), the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), and Special Child Health County Case Management Units (SCHS CMU), and with contributions from parents and youth with special health care needs.
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