Making Connections for Pennsylvania’s Children with Special Health Care Needs

The Special Kids Network, in partnership with the PA Elks Home Service Program helps children and youth with special health care needs, by helping their families get the services and support these young people require in order to thrive in the community and develop to their full potential.

The Special Kids Network offers:

  1. A toll-free Special Kids Network helpline at 1-800-986-4550. Department of Health Staff can provide information about health care resources, education, employment, respite care, advocacy, assistive
    technologies and more.
  2. Service Coordination – If the family has further needs that cannot be addressed by telephone – with permission – a referral can be made to the PA Elks Home Service Program for free in-home service coordination services.
  3. Regional Coordinators – Eight parents of children with special health care needs who work in the community to identify service gaps and address the unique challenges of your local service system.
Map of RC's with phone numbers

Regional Coordinators

and the regions they serve

Unit 25 - Annie Wilkins
Annie Wilkins
(Northwest Region)

Northwest Region

Counties: Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren
Phone: 814-270-5553

Unit 31 - Taryn Jones
Taryn Jones
(Northwest Central Region)

Northwest Central Region

Counties: Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter
Phone: 814-289-9326

Unit 26 - Tammy Pursel
Tammy Pursel
(Northeast Central Region)

Northeast Central Region

Counties: Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union
Phone: 814-270-5556

UNIT 27-Kim Minor
Kimberly Minor
(Northeast Region)

Northeast Region

Counties: Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming
Phone: 814-279-2581

Southwest Region

Counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland

Unit 32-Marty Dombrowski
Marty Dombrowski
(Southwest Central Region)

Southwest Central Region

Counties: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Mifflin, Somerset
Phone: 814-289-9521

Unit 29 - Grace Egun
Grace Egun
(Southeast Central Region)

Southeast Central Region

Counties: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill, York
Phone: 814-270-5600

Unit 30 - Twanna Vann
Twanna Vann
(Southeast Region)

Southeast Region

Counties: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Philadelphia
Phone: 814-270-5618