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The 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.


This program provides care management to families who have children with a chronic health condition by covering the expenses for specialty medical services, care and equipment.  We also assist with medical appointments and travel expenses.


Children's Special

Health Care Services

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 difference

  • Coordinated Services to pull together the services of many providers who work within different agencies


For more information, please contact one of our CSHCS staff members at 810-648-4098 and speak with Tina - ext. 138  (or)   Stephanie - ext. 118.


If you are unable to reach us, please call the Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at 1-800-359-3722.



Ask your child’s specialist to send a report about your child’s condition to us.  If your child has not seen a specialist, we can make arrangements to have your child evaluated.


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.




Children must have a qualifying medical condition and be 20 years old or under.  Persons 21 and over with cystic fibrosis or certain blood clotting disorders also may qualify for services.


CSHCS covers more than 2,700 diagnoses. 
Some medical conditions that may qualify for CSHCS are:

Neurological Disorders

  • Epilepsy

  • Hydrocephalus

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Cerebral Palsy



  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • Asthma

  • Spina Bifida



  • Diabetes

  • Kidney


  • Hearing Loss

  • Tubes In Ears

Blood Disorders

  • Hemophilia

Birth Defects

  • Club Foot

  • Cleft Palate or Lip

Neonate Issues



For more medical conditions CLICK HERE.


You may have Medicaid, MiChild, and/or private insurance and still qualify for CSHCS.  Although eligibility to participate in the CSHCS program is not based on income, a financial assessment will be conducted and a payment agreement established.


Payment Agreement Plan




We work with you to ensure that you and 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

  • Family support

  • Assisting with accommodations/travel

  • Linking to other community resources

The Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (also known as the Family Center) is a parent-directed section of the Children’s Special Health Care Services Program.  The purpose of the Family Center is to bring consumer input to the program and policy development, to establish a parent-to-parent support network and to facilitate parent/professional collaboration. 


The Family Center provides a variety of services including such things as scholarships for parents to attend a conference related to their child’s medical condition, coordinate the Family Support Network, assist youth to transition to adulthood, distribute a newsletter, provide bereavement information, and provide the Family Phone line.


The CSHCS Family Phone Line 1-800-359-3722 is for parents and guardians use only and may be accessed Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. 


The Family Phone line will assist parents or guardians to:

  • Connect with a CSHCS office in any local health department

  • Make a call to CSHCS staff in the Lansing office

  • Obtain general information on how to join CSHCS

  • Resolve problems related to CSHCS

  • Contact his/her CSHCS medical provider(s)

  • Contact the Family Support Network (FSN) of Michigan

  • Reach his/her FSN support Parent for up to 30 minutes


Incoming callers may be asked if their child is enrolled in CSHCS, and for the child’s diagnosis and child’s ID number.


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