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Programs - Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Welcome to the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program in Island County, Washington.
CYSHCN is a federally and state funded Title V Maternal-Child Health Bureau program offered through Island County.  It provides:
  • Linkages and coordination of services for all children with special needs.
  • Limited equipment and supplies to those families that meet financial and other program eligibility requirements.
Who is eligible for services?
  • Children birth to 18 years of age
  • Children who are at increased risk of serious chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions
  • Children who require health and related services of a type or amount beyond what is generally required

What are some examples of chronic or risk conditions?

Asthma, cancer, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, cleft lip and/or palate, cystic fibrosis, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, prematurity, speech/language delay, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, arthritis, hearing loss, gross and/or fine motor delay.
What services are offered?
Public Health Nurse Care Coordination  telephone consultation services are offered to families in Island County regardless of income to:
  • Assess a child’s needs
  • Refer a child to services
  •  Work with agencies to help
How do I make a referral?
Island County referrals can be made by families, schools, medical & service providers, and other concerned people.  Please call our office if you know of a child you think might benefit from CYSHCN services.  See our Contact Us page.
Residents of other Washington State counties should contact their local health department for assistance or contact the Children with Special Health Care Needs Program at the Washington State Department of Health in Olympia.  Email:









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