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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.
Friday May 1, 2020 and Saturday May 2, 2020
What are Sibshops? Sibshops are celebrations of the many contributions made by siblings of kids with special needs. Sibshops acknowledge that being the sibling of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in between. They reflect a belief that siblings have much to offer one another – if they are given a chance. Sibshops are a spirited mix of new games, new friends and discussion activities. Who Should Attend? • Facilitator Training – Anyone interested in sibling issues, who would like to learn how to run a Sibshop of their own. Attendees interested in becoming a facilitator would attend both days of the Sibshop training (Friday, May 1 & Saturday, May 2). • Introduction to Sibshops – Parents, caregivers, service providers, educators, community partners, LHD staff. Attendees who would like to know more about Sibshops and sibling issues, but not interested in how to run a Sibshop would attend this training, just day one (Friday, May 1). • Adult Sibling Panel – We are searching for 4-7 adults who have a sibling with special needs to participate on a sibling panel held on day one (Friday, May 1). • Demonstration Sibshop – We are searching for 20 typically developing siblings (ages 8-to-13) of children with special needs to join us on day two (Saturday, May 2). Day 1: Participants will learn about many characteristics of brothers and sisters of people with special needs, including their unique concerns and opportunities. Day 2: Sibshop facilitator trainees will undergo a Demonstration Sibshop for local young brothers and sisters. For additional details and registration, please click on the link below or contact the Family Center at 800-359-3722.
Saturday, March 14 9:00AM to 3:00PM
The Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs invites you to a Parent Mentor Training in Kalamazoo, Michigan. If you are a parent, caregiver, or guardian of a child/youth with special health care needs and would like to make a difference in the lives of others, please join us for this opportunity to become a trained Parent Mentor. This training is open to all families who have a child with a medical, physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition. As a trained Parent Mentor, you will become a part of our statewide network of volunteer parents supporting one another, sharing resources, and helping to navigate various systems.

 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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