Families of children with special needs benefit from the care and support that can only be offered by others who have shared their experience. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Special Health Services Family Advisory Council (SHS-FAC) announce a new peer-support initiative in Kansas – Supporting You – that will enable individuals and families who have similar experiences to communicate and gain support from one another, by sharing ideas, resources and strategies to meet the needs of their children. Please share this new initiative with your patients with special needs children.This is a great opportunity to seek assistance or volunteer. More information can be found on the Supporting You website at or by contacting Heather Smith, Special Health Services Director, at 785-296-4747.