The HMST is responsible for the following:
Assessing the healthcare needs of children in DCF care or custody and recommending appropriate care and placement;
Working with healthcare providers to ensure that each child receives a medical screening examination within 7 days of placement or custody and a comprehensive medical examination within 30 days of placement or custody;
Assisting medical providers with accessing medical history information about children in care or custody;
Collaborating with the childrens' healthcare team and DCF staff to ensure that children receive all necessary primary and specialty care in the most appropriate setting;
Providing information, resources and advocacy to DCF staff, foster parents and adoptive parents;
Working directly with hospital discharge planning staff and making recommendations about appropriate discharge plans for children;
Creating and revising healthcare-related policies;
Assisting DCF staff with questions regarding MassHealth and other insurance plans;
Assessing proposals to discontinue or forgo life sustaining medical treatment and makes recommendations;
Consulting with DCF staff regarding consents for medical treatment; and
Advising DCF staff on general medical questions, such as interpreting medical documentation, managing children with chronic and communicable diseases and information about community-based resources.
This information is provided by the Department of Children and Families.