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Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS)

Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) 

Program Mission Statement

CSHCS strives to enable individuals with special health care needs to have improved health outcomes and an enhanced quality of life through the appropriate use of the CSHCS system of care.

Children’s Special Health Care Services is a family centered, a community-based coordinated care program that helps pay for specialized medical treatment, prescriptions, medical equipment, and supplies for children with chronic (long-term) health conditions. Case management is offered to assist families with problem-solving, obtaining needed services from other agencies, and develop advocacy skills for maximum independence. Comprehensive family assessment identifying the needs of all family members is performed by public health nurses from the local health department.

Our goals are to:

  • Educate and financially assist individuals and families with special health care needs access appropriate medical care, health education and supports.
  • Assure delivery of needed specialty services and supports in an accessible, family-centered, culturally competent, community-based and coordinated manner.
  • Promote and encourage parent/professional collaboration and advocacy to obtain needed services, providers and benefits.
  • Remove barriers that prevent individuals with special needs from achieving these goals.

The Family Center for children and youth with special health care needs (formally known as the parent participation program PPP) primary purpose is to help shape CSHCS policies and procedures and to help families navigate the CSHCS system. Through its Family Support Network of Michigan, the Center provides emotional support and information statewide to families of children with special health care needs.

*If you have no insurance or way to pay for the first appointment with your specialty doctor, don’t worry. CSHCS covers diagnostic evaluations for individuals when symptoms and history indicate the possibility of a CSHCS qualifying condition, but the appropriate medical information cannot be obtained from the current provider(s). Diagnostic evaluations are to determine whether an individual meets the medical eligibility criteria for CSHCS, not for providing treatment.


For more information or to inquire about eligibility:
* Contact Genesee County Health Department CSHCS (810)257-3146

 * Call our CSHCS Family Phone Line at 1-800-359-3722 or

 * Write to the Family Center at

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