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.
Important Links and Resources
The Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs is very excited about our collaboration with Learn the Signs Act Early. From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act and move. Early intervention services are to help meet the developmental needs for any child showing developmental delays. Research shows that infants and toddlers both learn best through everyday routines that occur in the child’s home, daycare and community settings. Identify and celebrate early milestone achievement, if you are worried about your child’s development, do not wait to ask questions and start seeking help. There is a substantial need to recognize as early as possible those children with delays. You know you child best. Talk with your doctor, use a developmental milestone checklist, and call your local early intervention program. Intervention is most effective when provided early in life, when the child is first showing signs of developmental delay. Please visit the Learn the Signs. Act Early. website for more information.
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
Parent Mentor Training - October 13, 2018 - Saginaw County
Parent Mentor Training - November 3, 2018 - Kent County
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