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For Families & Caregivers
Children's Special Health Services (CSHS) is a program for children in Louisiana with special health care needs. We offer the following services:
- Therapies (Occupational/Physical/Speech)
- Home health services
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Parent and family support services
- Medications and special diets
- Medical home and care coordination
In order to receive services from one of our CSHS clinics, a child must meet the following requirements:
- Live in Louisiana
- Meet the Medicaid or CSHS income rules
- Be under 21 years of age
- Have a health condition that can be treated in a CSHS clinic. Some of the most commonly seen conditions include:
- Audiology: hearing loss or deafness
- Cardiology: ventral septal defects, atrial septal defects, defects of the heart valves
- Cleft lip and palate
- Neurological disorders and conditions: seizure disorders, cerebral palsy, stroke, brain injury, hydrocephalus, malformations of the brain, spina bifida
- Ophthalmology: strabismus, amblyopia, cataracts, glaucoma, birth defects of the eye
- Orthopedic: cerebral palsy, scoliosis, club foot, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida
- Otology: hearing loss, birth defects of the ear, frequent ear infections
- Plastic surgery: scars or contractures that limit function or movement
- A need for care coordination services, health education information, or a referral for community resources
Contact your local CSHS clinic using the map below to find out more about which health conditions they are able to treat.
Apply for Services
The first step to receiving services from us is to fill out the application for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. Section 5 of the application requires information from your child’s doctor about their diagnosis. You will need to include ONE of the following in your application:
1. A note from your child’s medical provider (doctor, nurse practitioner, audiologist, etc.) with your child’s diagnosis on it.
2. A copy of your child’s medical records that contain information about your child’s diagnosis.
3. Your child’s medical provider (doctor, nurse practitioner, audiologist, etc.) can fill out and sign Section 5 (Diagnosis Confirmation) on the application.
If you need assistance filling out the application you can contact your local parish health unit or your local CSHS office (see map below).
Once you complete this form, mail it to your closest CHSH office. Use the map below to find out which office you should mail your application to.
Below is an interactive map to help you locate our clinics. Click on the parish you live in to find contact information for your nearest CSHS regional clinic. If you need help getting to and from appointments, follow the steps in this Help with Transportation to Appointments document.
Please note: Direct medical care is not available in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, or St. Bernard parishes (region 1).
A medical home is not a building or a place. It is when doctor's offices work together to make sure their patient is seeing all the right people and getting the services they need. Having coordinated care is especially important for children and youth with special health care needs who see many different doctors.
Our Family Resource Center staff and Community Resource Specialists help families navigate resources and provide them with emotional support if they need it.
Find out what services are available in your area! Each of the 9 local resource guides contain brief descriptions of the services offered by local organizations serving children and youth with special healthcare needs, including contact information and eligibility requirements.