Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

Help for children and youth with special needs:

The NE Tri County Health District CYSHCN program offers federal and state-funded support to children under the age of 18 with disabilities. Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program Brochure (PDF).

Children are eligible for extra help if they:

  • Have or are at risk of developing a chronic health condition
  • Have a developmental, physical, or behavioral condition
  • Require more health and related services than are generally needed

How the CYSHCN coordinator helps parents of children with special needs:

  • Works closely with parents to assess the child’s day to day needs and areas of concern in school, at home, and in public.        
  • Educates parents on what resources and programs are available
  • Refers families to early intervention services like ESIT and Head Start
  • Directs families to workshops, trainings, and webinars on their child’s disability or condition
  • Assists families in accessing support groups, summer camps, inclusive events and activities.
  • Educates families on programs and grants that can supply assistive technology, home and vehicle modifications, medical equipment, and various other supports for daily living.

To learn more about the program please contact the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Coordinator in Pend Oreille 509-447-3131, option 1, or in  Ferry and Stevens 509-684-2262, option 1. 

How to apply or make a referral for services

Parents, doctors offices, hospitals or community organizations can make a referral. 

To apply or refer a child for services complete the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) form below and either fax or mail to the address for your county listed on the form:

  • Complete Referral Information: CYSHCN Form
  • FAX Referral Form: 509-684-9878 
  • Mail Form: 
    • Pend Oreille: 605 Hwy 20, Newport WA 99156
    • Ferry or Stevens: 240 E Dominion Ave, Colville WA 99114

Developmental milestones:

Early screening and intervention for developmental delay is key in helping your child reach their maximum potential.  If you have concerns about your child's development at any age, contact your child's health care provider or your local school district.


From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, acts and moves.  Track your child's development with CDC's Milestone Tracker App and act early if you have a concern.

  1. Phone: 509-684-2262, ext. 1

Early Intervention
For locations and contact information for Early Head Start and Head Start classrooms:
Early learning classroom directory


Learning Module:

Do you love to cook? Teach cooking classes? Do you work with the intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) population or with dietetic interns? If you answer yes to any of these, then the Empowering Culinary Exploration: Tips for Teaching Cooking Skills to Youth with Disabilities module is for you! This is a free virtual learning tool offered by Washington State Department of Health.

Module Link: Empowering Culinary Exploration: Tips for Teaching Cooking Skills to Youth with Disabilities