"CHI's ultimate goal is to so ingrain the hospice concept into pediatrics that it isn't considered a separate specialty, rather, an integral part of health care for children and adolescents."
Meeting the Needs of Children and Families Worldwide
Children's Hospice International (CHI), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 to:
- Promote hospice support through pediatric care facilities
- Encourage the inclusion of children in existing and developing hospice, palliative, and home care programs
- Include the hospice perspectives in all areas of pediatric care, education, and the public arena.
CHI provides education, training and technical assistance to those who care for children with life-threatening conditions and their families.
1977: No hospice care services in the world.
1983: Of the 1,400 hospices in the United States, only four were able to accept children.
1996: CHI Founding Director, Ann Armstrong-Daily began collaboration with The Department of Health and Human Services to produce a better solution for families and the Medicaid progam at large.
1999: Congress approves first year CHI PACC appropriation.
June 2005: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services approves CHI's Program for All-Inclusive Care (CHI PACC ) waiver for the state of Florida.
September 2005: Former U.S. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson receives CHI's "Mattie Stepanek" Award for his distinguished service on behalf of children's health care.
Today: Through the efforts of CHI, most of the over 3,000 hospices in the U.S. will consider accepting children.
Today, approximately 450 programs have children-specific hospice, palliative, or home care services. (2002 CHI Survey)