Children's Special Health Services (CSHS)
The CSHS program is the principle public agency ensuring that children and youth who have special health care needs in Louisiana have access to health care services designed to minimize their disabilities and maximize their probabilities of enjoying independent and self-sufficient lives.
Children and youth who have special health care needs are those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that most children or youth require.
Currently in Louisiana, there are more than 207,000 children and youth who have special health care needs. This is about 19 percent of all Louisiana children and youth.
PUBLIC INPUT REQUESTED! Each year the CSHS Program submits an application to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau for funds to address the needs for Louisiana's families with children and youth with special health care needs. Please read our application (click here) and let the CSHS Program know if the planned activities meet your needs.
ENTRADA PÚBLICO PEDIDO! Cada año el Programa CSHS presenta una solicitud a la Maternal and Child Health Bureau de fondos para atender las necesidades de las familias de Louisiana con los niños y jóvenes con necesidades especiales de cuidado de salud. Por favor lea nuestra aplicación (haga clic aquí) y permita que el Programa CSHS saber si las actividades previstas según sus necesidades.
CSHS Programs and Services
To meet state and national goals, the CSHS program focuses intervention activities in many ways. Following federal guidelines, CSHS organizes these activities into four tiers: direct healthcare and family services, enabling services, population-based services, and infrastructure building services.
For Healthcare Providers
Quick links to CSHS publications