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Children With Special Health Care Needs

The Children with Special Health Care Needs Program (CSHCN) includes three programs. The Early Intervention Program (ages 0-3), the Preschool Special Education Program (ages 3-5), and the Physically Handicapped Children's Program (PHCP, up to age 21).

Early Intervention Program
Evaluates and tests for developmental delays for children ages newborn to 3 years. Services include speech, occupational and physical therapy, special education, and case management for eligible children. Referrals can be received from any concerned parent, health care provider, family member or agency.

Preschool Special Education Services
Currently serves about 250 preschoolers aged 3-5 with disabilities annually.  In addition to acting as a fiscal agent, the Preschool Special Education Program works with school districts and families to develop appropriate Individual Education Plans for preschoolers and to assure that services are delivered in the child's natural environment to the extent possible.

Physically Handicapped Children's Program
Identifies children under 21 years of age with physically handicapping conditions and/or correctable physical defects and refers them for diagnosis and evaluation. The program also authorizes and provides payment for specialized medical services for conditions previously diagnosed.