Children's Special Health Care

Help with Special Health Care Needs

The Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) program helps families who have children with more than 2,700 chronic health conditions. Your child’s medical condition, not your income, determines if you qualify for this program.

CSHCS is a service provided under Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) for children under the age of 26. People age 26 and above with cystic fibrosis, hereditary coagulation defects commonly known as hemophilia, or hereditary red blood cell disorders commonly known as sickle cell disease may also qualify.

We help qualified individuals with chronic health problems by providing:

  • Coverage and referral for specialty services based on the person's health problems.
  • Family centered services to support you in your role as primary caretaker of your child.
  • Community-based services to help you care for your child at home and maintain normal routines.
  • Culturally competent services which demonstrate awareness of cultural differences.
  • Coordinated services to pull together the services of many different providers who work within different agencies.

If your child qualifies, he or she will be invited to join the program and an application will be mailed to you. A review of this application will determine if you will be asked to share in the cost of services. If you think your child qualifies, ask your specialist to send a report about you or your child's condition to us. If your child has not been seen by a specialist, we can make arrangements to have an evaluation take place.

CSHCS does not cover developmental, behavioral, or intellectual conditions.

Call us at 1-800-432-4121 to schedule an appointment.



Eligibility is not based on income. Families with any income are eligible as long as the program criteria is met. There is a fee to join CSHCS.

This fee is waived if the individual has Medicaid, MIChild, a court-appointed guardian or lives in a foster home. The fee is determined with a sliding scale based upon family income and family size.

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