Children with Special Healthcare Needs

Children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN) 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.  CSHCN 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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