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.
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
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