Children With Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)
Contact: Joanne E. Killian - 584-7460 ext 8326
Physically Handicapped Children Program
- Saratoga County residents, birth to 21 years of age.
- Medical diagnosis that comes under the scope of PHCP. This can be verified by local PHCP.
- A denial for assistance under the NYS Medicaid Program
- An application to “Child Health Plus” is denied.
- Income eligible. Determined by completion of application to the local PHCP.
Children under the PHCP will receive assistance for their health care needs, such as medical care, services, medications, supplies and equipment. ALL services must be prior approved.
All private health insurance must be applied before submission to the Physically Handicapped Children’s Program.
The Physically Handicapped Children’s Program also offers other services to families within the community. Examples of these services are:
D&E (Diagnosis and Evaluation program). This is for ANY child within the county who otherwise would not be able to get diagnostic testing for a condition which could bring them under PHCP. Examples of this would be hearing test, MRI’s, CAT scans, and EKG’s. This is just a sample. Call the local PHCP for more information.
Orthodontic Care. A State screening is required to determine the medical necessity for orthodontic care. There is also an income eligibility requirement for this care.
Children that require out of State care, may be assisted through the PHC program. Prior approval is required by both the NYS Department of Health, Child and Adolescent Care Department, and the Saratoga County Public Health Medical Director. For more information contact the PHC program coordinator.
Most PHCP are operating within the County Health Departments.
In order to promote the use of Community Health Resources, the Children with Special Health Care Needs program has developed booklets that contain reliable sources and available community resources for children (birth to 21 years) with ADD/ADHD, Asthma, Autism, Blind/Vision Impaired, Cerebral Palsy/Muscular Dystrophy, Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Diabetes. Each booklet is downloadable and contains specific information for each identified disability, from support groups, financial information, to helpful books and reliable websites.
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