General Information For Families About "Children's Special Health Care Services" (CSHCS)

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. 

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General Information 
Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) is a program within the Michigan Department of Community Health. 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 Community Health on-line courses entitled "What is Children's Special Health Care Services."  At this same site you will find another course entitled "CSHCS-Support Parent Training Course."  You can access these courses by clicking here .

CSHCS is 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. 
  • Coordinated services to pull together the services of many different providers who work within different agencies. 

For more information:
      *  Contact your local CSHCS office
      *  Call our CSHCS Family Phone Line at 1-800-359-3722Call this number 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: An MDCH 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 2,700 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, MIChild.  This fee is based upon income.  Please call the Local Health Department or the Family Phone line at 1-800-359-3722Call this number 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 Disclose Protected Health Information form or the DCH-1183 form.

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 1-800-359-3722Call this number or
        Write to  

Online Payment Option

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 Program Satisfaction Reports

2014 Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS) Report

2012 Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS) Report

2010 Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS) Survey 

CSHCS Brochures 

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) 

Travel Reimbursement Rates 


Last Updated September 12, 2013