Children With Special Health Care Needs
Children With Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)
CSHCN is a referral program for children birth to 21 years of age who have or are suspected of having a serious or chronic physical, developmental behavioral, or emotional condition that requires health and related services beyond that required by children generally.
Physically Handicapped Children's Program (PHCP)
PHCP can assist in payment for certain medical services for eligible children birth to 21 years of age. Must qualify diagnostically.
- Diagnostic care
- Rehabilitative care by medical and allied health personnel
Referrals for CSHCN &/or PHCP
Anyone can call for information and referral through CSHCN and PHCP
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
There may be a minimal cost to families.
New York State Department of Health Resources
View more information about the Physically Handicapped Children's Program (PDF).
Find more information about the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs program on the New York State Department of Health website.
Joint Agreement On the Provision of Transition Services
Visit the New York State Education website for more information.
Education & Your Child / Youth Special Needs
- Learn how to Get Help at School for Your Child With a Disability (PDF).
- Find tips for a successful IEP meeting.
- Learn how to prepare the school for your child with special needs on the Very Well website.
- Check out Advocating Through Letter Writing (PDF).
Healthcare & Your Child/Youth With Special Needs
- Learn how to Partner With Your Child's Provider (PDF).
- Find out how to Partner With Your Child's Health Plan (PDF).
- Learn how to have a healthy transition moving from pediatric to adult health care on the Healthy Transitions New York website.
- More information is available from the MCH Library's Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges in Children and Adolescents Knowledge Path on the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health website.
- Find Tip Sheets for Caregivers of Individuals With Special Health Care Needs (PDF).