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Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)

Authored By: Texas Department of State Health Services
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From the Department of State Health Services Website:

What is the CSHCN Services Program?

The CSHCN Services Program helps children with special health-care needs and people of any age with cystic fibrosis secure health care and support services.

Under Title V of the Social Security Act, the state receives block grant funding for services to women and children. Title V pays for health care benefits and case management for children, and some types of public health services for all.

Title V and the CSHCN Services Program provides family-centered, community-based, culturally competent, coordinated health care, and family support services. The Program believes in family choice, and the power of collaboration between parents and professionals.


The CSHCN Services Program offers many kinds of services, including: 

  • Ambulance
  • Ambulatory surgery
  • Care by medical specialists
  • Dental health services
  • Equipment and medical supplies
  • Family support services
  • Home health nursing
  • Hospice care
  • Hospital care
  • Inpatient rehabilitation
  • Insurance Premium Payment Assistance (IPPA)
  • Laboratory and radiology
  • Meals, Lodging, and Transportation when needed to obtain medical care
  • Medicines
  • Mental health services
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Outpatient care (including kidney dialysis)
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Primary and preventive care
  • Special nutritional products and services
  • Speech and hearing services
  • Transportation of Deceased Clients
  • Vision services

All CSHCN Services Program Health Benefits must be medically necessary for the care and treatment of a person with a chronic physical or developmental condition who is eligible. Medicaid, CHIP, and commercial health insurance benefits, if any, must be used before using the CSHCN Services Program health benefits. For specific questions regarding types of benefits and eligibility, contact the CSHCN Services Program at 1-800-252-8023.

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Click here for more info and to Apply! : www.dshs.state.tx.us