Children's Special Health Care Services

Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) is a program within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. It is for children and some adults with special health care needs and their families. Muskegon County has over 900 participants currently enrolled in the program. It helps persons with chronic health problems by providing:

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  • Coverage and referral for specialty services, based on your child's health problems.
  • Family centered services to support you in your primary role as 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.

A free, online course that explains the CSHCS is available at MDHHS. (The course length is approximately 15 minutes.)

Who Can Enroll

Your child must have a qualifying medical condition and be 20 years old or under. Persons 21 and older with cystic fibrosis or certain blood coagulation disorders may also qualify for services. Participants may have health insurance in addition to enrolling in the CSHCS program. CSHCS covers more than 2,700 diagnoses. Some common medical conditions that may qualify are:

  • Amputations
  • Asthma (Severe)
  • Blood Clotting Disorders
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Lung Conditions
  • Cleft Palate/Cleft Lip
  • Club Foot  
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Deformed Limbs
  • Diabetes (Insulin Dependent)
  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing Loss
  • Heart Conditions
  • Hemophilia
  • Kidney Disease
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Paralysis
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Vision Disorders 

A medical doctor will review each condition to determine eligibility.

Cost to Participate

If your child medically qualifies for CSHCS, then you must fill out a financial assessment (which is part of the application). Most families do have to pay a monthly fee for participation in the program, which is determined by income.

Application Process

The first step to the application process is determining if your child is medical eligibility. In order to do this, a Release of Information form must be sent by you to each of the specialty doctors, hospitals, or clinics treating your child. View the Release of Information Form (DOC). If you are unable to view the file, please call 231-724-6209 to have the form mailed to you.

The health care provider will then mail the Release of Information form, along with the most recent comprehensive medical information on your child, to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for review. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with send you a letter notifying you whether or not your child qualifies.

If you receive a letter denying medical eligibility, then an explanation why your child was rejected by the program will be included. If you receive a letter approving medical eligibility, then an official application for CSHCS for your child will be included. This application must be filled out completely and returned directly to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Once the application is received and processed, CSHCS coverage on your child will begin.

Need Help Applying/Questions

We can assist you. Call 231-724-6209 or Fax 231-724-3596.

Contact Information

You can contact the CSHCS Family Phone Line by calling 800-359-3722 or visiting the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services CSHCS web page.