Special health care for children

Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) | NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

People with Disabilities Everyone

If your child has special medical needs, you can get help from the Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) program. CSHCN gives parents information about treatment for their children. You can get help finding health services and insurance, free or low-cost insurance referrals, and community resources.

Am I Eligible?

Eligible children must:

  • Be 21 years old or younger, have health conditions, and need extra health care and assistance
  • Live in NYC
  • Have been diagnosed with or be suspected to have a serious or chronic health condition, physical disability, or developmental or emotional/behavioral condition

How Can I Get Help?

Other People with Disabilities Programs

Services for children with disabilities

Early Childhood Direction Centers (ECDC)

NYS Department of Education

Information and referrals for young children with special needs.

Family services for students with disabilities

Special Education Parent Centers

NYS Department of Education

Information and resources for families of students with disabilities.

Early help for infants & toddlers

The Early Intervention Program (EIP)

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Early intervention for infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays.

Updated December 4, 2019