Children's Special Health Services (CSHS)

child in strollerChildren's Special Health Services (CSHS) is a program of services provided through the Louisiana Office of Public Health (OPH) for children in Louisiana who have special health care needs.


Children who:

  1. Live in Louisiana.
  2. Are under 21 years of age.
  3. Have a condition that:
    • Can benefit from rehabilitation services.
    • Is covered by CSHS.
    • Requires long term treatment by specialists, physicians and multi-disciplinary staff.
  4. Meet financial guidelines established by CSHS. 


  • Doctors and other health care workers
  • Medical tests and procedures
  • Hospital care
  • Therapies
  • Home health services
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Parent/family support services
  • Medications and special diets
  • Nursing, nutrition and social services follow-up
  • Care coordination, case management, and resource development

How Does A Family Apply for CSHS?

The application process starts at your local parish health unit.  A parent can contact the parish health unit or the CSHS Regional Office where the child lives for further information.  A referral from a physician or
audiologist is needed.  See the listing of regional CSHS offices for contact information. 

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