Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

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Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) are those from birth to age 21 who require health care or related services beyond regular well care and preventive measures to keep children healthy.  CYSHCN is a New York State Department of Health initiative designed to provide information, guidance and referrals to families with a special needs child.  


*New State Law* – A new state law has made identification cards available to individuals who have a medically diagnosed developmental disability to assist emergency responders through the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Find out more information/ request an ID card by visiting the OPWDD website here.




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CYSHCN Program Goals

  • Ensure all CYSHCN have access to adequate health insurance, services and community resources
  • Provide assistance to families to access community resources
  • Empower families and youth to navigate community systems of care through education activities with local health care providers, facilities and family organizations
  • Eliminate gaps and barriers in access to health care services and local resources
  • Oversee Family satisfaction with the child’s care
  • Assisting youth with transitioning from pediatric to adult health care systems

CYSHCN Resource Guide

In order to promote the use of Community Health Resources, the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs program has developed a downloadable resources guide.  This guide provides local and national resources, websites, phone apps, articles, and more.  

CYSHCN can also provide resources specific to certain conditions by request by contacting: Joann Maloney at (518) 584-7460 extension 8367 or by email.


Resource Guide Updated 07/31/2019

Physically Handicapped Children Program

As part of the CSHCN initiative, PHCP provides financial assistance to help pay for health care and services for children with severe chronic illnesses or physical disabilities.  Click here to view the New York State Department of Health’s Physically Handicapped Children Program website.


Eligibility for the PHCP

Eligibility for PHCP is income based and determined by our agency’s Medical Director. Parents/guardians will be required to provide proof of income. Medicaid recipients are not eligible for PHCP assistance. Coverage may be 100% or parents may have a partial responsibility. Annual review is also required.

Criteria considered includes:

  • Saratoga County residency
  • Age: Birth to 21 years of age
  • Medical Diagnosis and scope of care
  • Household income
  • Family size

Children that require out of State care, may be assisted through the PHCP.  Prior approval is required by the NYS Department of Health, the Bureau of Child Health (Division of Family Health),  and the Saratoga County Public Health Medical Director.  For more information contact the PHCP contact Joann Maloney at (518) 584-7460 extension 8367 or by email.







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