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.  




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CSHCN Program Goals

  • Ensure all CSHCN 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

CSHCN Resource Guide

In order to promote the use of Community Health Resources, the Children 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.  

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


Resource Guide Updated 08/06/2018

Physically Handicapped Children Program

As part of the CSHCN initiative, PHCP provides financial assistance to help pay for health care and services, including orthodontia 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, as well as a Medicaid denial letter. 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

Note: Orthodontic Care – A  screening by the New York State Dental Bureau is required to determine the medical necessity for orthodontic care. There is also an income eligibility requirement of a household gross income of less than $30,000 per year.

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 at






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