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Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) 

What is CSHCS?

Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) is a program within the Michigan Department of Community Health.
It is for children and some adults with special health care needs and their families. We help persons with chronic health problems by providing:
  • Coverage and Referral for specialty services, based on your child's health problems.
  • Family-Centered Services to support you in your role as the primary caretaker of your child.
  • Community-Based Services to help you care for your child at home and maintain normal routines.
  • Culturally Competent Services that demonstrate an awareness of cultural differences.
  • Coordinated Services to pull together the services of many providers who work within different agencies.
Children must have a qualifying medical condition and be between the ages of 0 - 21.
Persons over 21 with cystic fibrosis or certain blood clotting disorders may also qualify for services.
CSHCS covers more than 2,000 diagnoses.  Some medical conditions that may qualify for CSHCS are:
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cleft Palate, Cleft Lip
  • Liver Disease
  • Club Foot
  • Hypospadius
  • Deformed Limbs, Amputations
  • Myelodysplasia, Spinal Bifida
  • Kidney Disease
  • ​Certain Vision Disorders
  • Cystic Fibrosis, other Chronic Lung Conditions
  • Hearing Loss
  • Insulin-Dependent Diabetes
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Certain Heart Conditions
  • Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Sickle Cell Anemia

Why Should I join CSHCS?

We work with you to ensure that you or your child receive the very best care. We help you with:
  • Paying specialty medical bills
  • Coordinating services from multiple providers
  • Learning about specialty providers like doctors, hospitals and clinics
  • Coordinating health insurance benefits
  • Covering co-pays or deductibles

How do I Join CSHCS?

Ask your child's specialist to send a report about your child's condition to us.
Your child's medical condition, not your income, determines if you qualify for this program.
If your child qualifies, he or she will be invited to join the program. An application will be mailed to you. A review of this application will determine if we will ask you to share in the cost of services.

Upcoming Training

The Camp Scholarship is designed to assist families with sending their child with special health care needs to a camp of their choosing. Applications are being accepted now through the end of March 2020. Families will be required to submit a completed application along with an Attendance Registration Form, which will need to be filled out by the Camp Director.
Wednesday October 7, 2020 at 11:00 am EST
The Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Family Center) is the statewide, parent-directed center within Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS). The mission of the Family Center is to support and connect Michigan families of children and youth with special health care needs, provide family-centered leadership throughout Michigan’s health care settings, and partner in the decision making process within the systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs. The Family Center is excited to host a series of Virtual Parent Connect Calls. Our first call will take place on Wednesday October 7, 2020 at 11:00 am EST on Microsoft Teams. Registration is Free.
Register Here

 CSHCS Resources

If you should have questions or would like more information write to:

Medical Services Administration
CSHCS Plan Division
PO Box 30479
Lansing, MI 48909-7979

Or call the CSHCS Family Phone Line at 1-800-359-3722 or the CSHCS Representative at the Allegan County Health Department at 269-673-5440.
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