CHIP of Virginia is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose role is to support the network of local CHIP projects who provide services to families. CHIP of Virginia has contracts with the local entities that comprise the CHIP network.
The CHIP of Virginia network includes local programs operating in 27 Virginia communities who served 3,100 children and 400 pregnant women in 2,400 families in FY13. The local CHIP programs employ over 150 program staff members.
The organizational structure of each CHIP site is unique to its local community with each site having its own specific strengths and challenges. In order to operate at maximum efficiency, local CHIP programs (staff, boards and advisory councils) require assistance in a variety of functions: fundraising, program planning, program evaluation, community relations, staff development, public-private partnerships, goal-setting, record-keeping, publications development, negotiation skills, addressing issues of diversity and problem-solving. Each CHIP site director/coordinator is selected, hired and supervised locally.
The Comprehensive Health Investment Project (CHIP) was founded in 1988. CHIP of Virginia was established in 1990 to lead the replication of the model and lessons learned at the first CHIP project in Roanoke, Virginia. Over the years, several CHIP projects have adopted new meanings for the CHIP acronym. CHIP of Roanoke Valley uses “Child Health Investment Partnership” and CHIP of Richmond uses “Children’s Health Involving Parents.” Whatever the words, the fundamental components of the network of the 10 CHIP programs are the same!
Due to various reasons including a lack of transportation and finances, children from low income families lack access to medical care. This causes them to receive fragmented, limited, and sporadic services from clinics or hospital emergency rooms. CHIP increases access to medical care by providing a consistent medical home with cost-effective prevention services.
CHIP links each family with a CHIP team consisting of a public health nurse and an outreach worker who visit the family in their home. This team forms a partnership with the family and service providers in order to address the family’s complex social, behavioral, or medical challenges and produce a more efficient and cost-effective use of health care and community services.
The CHIP team takes a capacity-building approach to working with families, helping them set and reach goals to achieve financial independence and to build parental confidence. CHIP works with rather than for families and empowers parents to make changes in their lives in order to reach their full potential.
CHIP of Virginia is not part of SCHIP.
CHIP, created in 1988, provides services to low-income families with children age 6 and younger. CHIP programs provide families with assistance in securing insurance, if that is needed. CHIP’s main service, however, is home-based education and case management to assist each family with a variety of health and child issues, building on their individual family strengths.
SCHIP – the State Children’s Health Insurance Program - was created by the federal government in 1997. This program provides free or low-cost health insurance for children in families with incomes slightly higher than traditional public insurance programs (Medicaid) who do not have private insurance.
Virginia’s SCHIP program is called FAMIS. The FAMIS income limit is 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. (In 2007, a family of four can make up to $41,300 a year and still be eligible for FAMIS.) Visit http://www.famis.org or contact 1-866-87FAMIS (1-866-873-2647), for more information.
To find information about SCHIP programs in other states, call 1-877-KIDS-NOW or go to http://www.insurekidsnow.gov.
To be eligible for CHIP services a family has to
Contact the local sites for more information on a CHIP program in your area.
CHIP of Virginia is committed to seeking a diversified funding base to sustain the CHIP network and the central office operations:
Each of the 7 CHIP sites secures local resources and supplements the funding received from CHIP of Virginia.