Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs
The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program is a resource for families, health care providers, and communities. The CYSHCN Program works to improve systems of care for anyone from birth through age 21 with a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional illness or condition.
Eligible diagnoses cover a wide range of diagnoses such as ADHD, asthma, obesity, diabetes, autism spectrum disorders, childhood cancers, cerebral palsy, deaf or blind, Down Syndrome, heart disease, or other limiting or debilitating history; need or use of specialized therapies or services such as speech, occupational, physical therapy or other prescribed therapies; need or use of counseling; or a functional limitation such as a physical, emotional or mental disability. The program is staffed by a Registered Nurse who is available Monday through Friday.
The Coordinator can:
- Provide care coordination, which includes help with scheduling appointments and making referrals to community resources.
- Provide support to families.
- Provide education and guidance in coordinating your health care.
- Assist families with locating and accessing recommended specialty services and transportation.
Referrals can be made by families, schools, medical and service providers and other concerned persons.