Technology Assisted Children's Home Program

The Technology Assisted Children's Home Program (TACHP) supports families caring for a child at home who has technology-assisted needs.

“Technology assisted” refers to the use of a medical device to support or replace a vital body function.

Medical devices may include:

  • Ventilator
  • Ostomy
  • Gastronomy tube
  • Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt
  • Pacemaker
  • Total parental nutrition (TPN)
  • Central venous catheter
  • Constant oxygen
  • Home dialysis
  • Insulin pump

Who Can Use the Technology-Assisted Children's Home Program Services?

Any child who:

  • Is under the age of 22.
  • Lives in one of the 36 counties in the western/central regions of Pennsylvania.
  • Uses at least three types of health technology.
  • Is currently cared for and living at home.
  • Has at least one social risk factor or need.
  • Sees three or more healthcare providers — including at least one specialist — yearly.
  • Is currently receiving supportive care.

We offer TACHP free to qualified families through UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The Pa. Department of Health funds the program.

Technology-Assisted Children's Home Program Services

The TACHP team consists of a nurse coordinator, occupational therapist, and social workers. They work with nurses, respiratory therapists, and others to provide the best care possible for children with technology-assisted needs.

We offer families and caregivers the following services:

  • Consults and counseling to families and medical teams thinking about home care of a child with technology-assisted needs.
  • Complete care plans that explore the current and future needs of the child and connect families to resources that address those needs.
  • Ongoing support for children and families — from birth to young adulthood — via home visits, follow up, counseling, and advocacy.
  • Assessments and coordination of in-home and community services to ensure access to nursing, education, proper therapies, equipment, and home adjustment resources.
  • Guidance and support to help families navigate healthcare, social, and school systems.
  • Chances for families to engage and support each other in-person and through social media.

Our goals are to provide support, build resiliency, and empower families.

The TACHP accepts referrals from:

  • Hospitals
  • Community agencies
  • Healthcare providers
  • Families

Contact Us

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Faculty Pavillion
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224-9912

Phone: 412-692-6494 or 412-692-6495
Fax: 412-692-6657