Children’s Special Health Care Services is a family centered, community-based coordinated care program that helps pay for specialized medical treatment, equipment and supplies of children with chronic long term health conditions. Case management is offered to assist families with problem solving, to help obtain needed services from other agencies, and to assist developing advocacy skills for maximum independence. Family assessment is performed by public health nurses of the local health department to help identify the needs of all family members. The Parent Participation Program provides a statewide information and support network for parents who have children with all types of disabilities. It also allows parents to participate in the development of CSHCS programs and policies. Diagnostic evaluation is provided for children suspected of having a chronic illness or disability if families need assistance to pay for evaluations or they are unable to afford the co-pay required by their insurance to cover the specialist visit.
What other help is available?
The Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: a parent-directed section of the CSHCS.