Children’s Special Health Care Services
Effective October 1, 2012
CSHCS is a state of Michigan program that serves children, and some adults, with special health care needs. CSHCS covers more than 2,700 medical diagnoses.
Additional Benefits for Medicaid Health Plan Enrollees with Children’s Special Health Care Services
Contact Us:
If you are a Children with Special Healthcare Services (CSHCS) member and wish to speak to a representative, please call (888) 654-2200, prompt 1 followed by prompt 3.
Help from your Local Health Department with:
  • Community resources – schools, community mental health, financial support, childcare
    1. Early On, and the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program
    2. Transitioning to adulthood
    3. Orthodontia
      1. Only for specific CSHCS qualifying diagnosis, such as Cleft Palate/Cleft lip
      2. Medically necessary, related to condition
      3. Not for cosmetic purpose
      4. Respite
      5. CSHCS covers 180 hours of respite care annually when a beneficiary requires skilled nursing and a CSHCS nurse consultant determines appropriate
Help from the Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
  • CSHCS Family Phone Line – a toll‐free phone number (800) 359‐3722 available Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm
  • Parent‐to‐parent support network
  • Parent/professional training programs
  • Financial help to go to conferences about CSHCS medical conditions and “Relatively
  • Speaking,” a conference for siblings of children with special needs
Help from the Children’s Special Needs (CSN) Fund
  • The CSN Fund helps CSHCS families get items not covered by Medicaid or CSHCS. To see if you qualify for help from the CSN Fund, call (517) 241‐7420.
  • Examples include:
    1. Wheelchair ramps
    2. Van lifts and tie downs
    3. Therapeutic tricycles
    4. Air conditioners
    5. Adaptive recreational equipment electrical service upgrades for eligible equipment
Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) Program Mission Statement
CSHCS strives to enable individuals with special health care needs to have improved health outcomes and an enhanced quality of life through the appropriate use of the CSHCS system of care.
Our goals are to:
  • Assist individuals with special health care needs in accessing the broadest possible range of appropriate medical care, health education and supports.
  • Assure delivery of these services and supports in an accessible, family centered, culturally competent, community-based and coordinated manner.
  • Promote and incorporate parent/professional collaboration in all aspects of the program.
  • Remove barriers that prevent individuals with special health care needs from achieving these goals.
General Information
Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) is a program within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. It is for children and some adults with special health care needs and their families.

To learn more about CSHCS, take the free Department of Health and Human Services on-line courses titled "What is Children's Special Health Care Services." At this same site, you will find another course titled "CSHCS-Support Parent Training Course." You can access these courses by clicking here.

CSHCS is a part of Title V of the Federal Social Security Act. Click here for more information about the Title V program.

CSHCS helps persons 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.
  • Culturally competent services which demonstrate awareness of cultural differences.
For more information:
• Contact your local CSHCS office
• Call our CSHCS Family Phone Line at (800) 359-3722 or
• Write to the Family Center at:
Who is eligible for CSHCS?
Several factors decide whether a person is eligible for CSHCS:
  • Residency: Must be a Michigan resident
  • Citizenship: Must be a US citizen or documented non-citizen admitted for permanent residence or a non-citizen legally admitted migrant farm worker (i.e., seasonal agricultural worker).
  • Age: Children must have a qualifying medical condition and be 20 years old or under. Persons 21 and older with cystic fibrosis or certain hereditary blood coagulation disorders commonly known as hemophilia may also qualify.
  • Qualifying Medical condition: A MDHHS medical consultant reviews each case to determine eligibility. Severity and chronicity of the person's condition as well as the need for treatment by a specialist are factors considered. More than 2,500 diagnoses are potentially eligible. Click here for a list of these diagnoses.
There is a fee to join CSHCS. This fee is waived if your child is on Medicaid. This fee is based upon income. Please call the Local Health Department or the Family Phone line (800) 359-3722 if you have specific questions about this fee.
How to apply for CSHCS
The first step is to ask your specialist to submit a medical record less than one year old. This information can be in the form of a letter or report that fully describes the condition and treatment plan. Your specialist will need permission to send the medical information to CSHCS. Click here for an Authorization to Release Protected Health Information form. (MSA-0838)

If the person with special needs has not seen a specialist or you have questions:
Contact your local CSHCS office
Call our CSHCS Family Phone Line at (800) 359-3722, or
Write to:
CSHCS clients who have a payment agreement obligation can now make online payments via the credit card or e-check options. Click here to pay your payment agreement fees.
CSHCS Family Guide
Link for ordering CSHCS Brochures. Click the 'Children's Health Care' Link.

Online Brochures (you can print from here):
Using Other Insurance with CSHCS (This may take a while to open)
FSN Brochure
CSHCS Insurance Premium Payment Benefit
CSHCS Informational Brochure Arabic English Spanish
Children with Special Needs Fund (CSN)