|Jasper Newton County Public Health District“Children with Special Health Care Needs”
Thomas A. Jackson, LBSW
Dear Consumer/ Provider / Social Service Worker:
The mission of the Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) program is to support family centered, community-based strategies for improving the quality of life for children with special health care needs and their families. The CSHCN program is a federally funded program that does offer assistance to non-documented residents.
The CSHCN program was created in 1933 to help children with special health care needs in Texas improve their health, well-being, and quality of life. The program pays for medical treatment and equipment for eligible children with physical disorders from birth to 21 years of age and for people of any age with cystic fibrosis. The CSHCN program also provides medical transportation to CSHCN clients through the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership. CHIP clients are encouraged to enroll in the CSHCN program so that they too can benefit from certain services that Children’s Health Insurance Program does not cover.
CSHCN has many kinds of services to help clients and families. A key CSHCN service is case management. Case managers (specially trained social workers) are available to help arrange for medical evaluation and treatment, developmental intervention, appropriate school programs, and rehabilitation services, including medical equipment and supplies. Also, the CSHCN program has community access to numerous resources for crisis intervention for our special needs families. These entities provide assistance in areas of food, utilities, emergency shelter, psychiatric evaluations, prescription drug programs, and residential placements. Case managers are also available to attend School Ard meetings as a client advocate at the request of the parent or school.
Case management services are available immediately to all clients with special health care needs including emotional or behavioral disorders. However, CSHCN Health Benefits are reserved for those with chronic physical or developmental conditions that are expected to last for at least 12 months. It is important that these clients sign up early for services. The CSHCN program may place clients on a waiting list for health care benefits whenever funds are limited.
Often, residents denied Medicaid benefits do not always realize that there are other programs available to assist them with special needs children. If you wouldn’t mind spreading the word about the CSHCN program, I would be very grateful. Also, if you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call me. Referrals can be made to the address/ phone# listed above.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Thomas A. Jackson, LBSW