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, apply, or refer for services, please contact the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Coordinator.

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.

CDC Brochure English  

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.


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