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Children's Special Health Care Services

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Click on these links below for more information:

 Family Guide  Your Rights & Responsibilties  The Family Center  Transition to Adulthood  Special Needs Funds

Click here for The Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (FCCYSHCN). This site will help you and your family navigate through the services offered through CSHCS.

Caring for Kids with Chronic Conditions

What is Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS)?

CSHCS is a program within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). It is for children and some adults with special health care needs and their families.

The CSHCS Program:

  • Focuses on family-centered services for over 2,600 diagnoses
  • Pays for specialty medical bills
  • Provides help finding specialty services
  • Supports coordination of services
  • Helps families with language and cultural differences
  • Assists in locating resources
  • Connects families to community-based services through local health departments

Who is eligible for CSHCS?

Several factors decide whether a person is eligible for CSHCS:

  • Children and some adults with certain eligible medical conditions as determined by CSHCS doctors
  • Families of all incomes are eligible to join, including those with other health insurance
  • Some families, based on their income, pay a fee to join CSHCS (local health departments can explain what CSHCS is likely to cover to help determine if this fee to join will be worthwhile)
  • Residency: Must be a Michigan resident
  • Citizenship: Must be a US citizen or documented non-citizen admitted for permanent residence or a non-citizen legally admitted migrant farm worker (i.e., seasonal agricultural worker)
  • Age: Children must have a qualifying medical condition and be 20 years old or under. Persons 21 and older with cystic fibrosis or certain hereditary blood coagulation disorders commonly known as hemophilia may also qualify.
  • Qualifying Medical condition: A MDHHS medical consultant reviews each case to determine eligibility. Severity and chronicity of the person's condition as well as the need for treatment by a specialist are factors considered. More than 2,500 diagnoses are potentially eligible.

For more information on the Children’s Special Health Care Services program, please visit the Michigan Department of Community Health Website.

CSHCS BROCHURES *Please click on the links below to view the brochures and resources.