The Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Family Center)
The Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Welcome to the Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) Family Center! The parent-directed section of CSHCS is named the Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. We help shape CSHCS policies and procedures and help families navigate CSHCS. We also offer health resource information and emotional support to all Michigan families of children with special needs. To call on us, enrollment in CSHCS is not required.
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The Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs is a section of Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS). It is Michigan's prominent family-centered care initiative. Every state has a similar special health care program under Title V of the Social Security Act. It was founded in January 1988 by Dr. Bill Clexton. Originally named the Parent Participation Program (PPP), it was renamed to the Family Center in 2006.
When CSHCS launched PPP, it was a national innovation to employ a parent of a child with special health care needs to represent families on the Title V administrative team. Because of the trial's success, numerous Title V programs nationwide have adopted the concept. Today, the Family Center is comprised primarily of parent consultants who have children with special health care needs.
The Family Center's primary purpose is to help shape CSHCS policies and procedures and to help families navigate the CSHCS system. Through its Family Support Network of Michigan, the Center provides emotional support and information statewide to families of children with special health care needs.
Services of the Family Center of Children and Youth with Special Health Needs include:
1) Answering the CSHCS Family Phone Line at 1-800-359-3722
2) Directing the Family Support Network of Michigan
3) Administering scholarships to enable Michigan parents to attend conferences
4) Leading training and presentations related to children with special needs and to parent and professional collaboration
5) Assisting youth with special needs and their families in the transition to adulthood
Online Payment Option
CSHCS clients with payment agreement obligations can now make online payments via the credit card or e-check options. Click here to pay your payment agreement fee .
Link for ordering CSHCS Brochures - Click the 'Children's Health Care' link.
Online Brochures (you can print from here):
Using Other Insurance with CSHCS
CSHCS Insurance Premium Payment Benefit
CSHCS Informational Brochure:Arabic English Spanish
Children with Special Needs Fund (CSN)
Last Updated April 26, 2017