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Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

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In California, nearly one in seven children are estimated to have special health care needs.1 Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) include infants, children, and youth from birth to age 21 who have one or more chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions, and require special health and support services. The Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Division of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) collaborates with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and other partners to improve systems that serve CYSHCN at the state and local levels. MCAH also promotes family engagement and resilience, funds programs that provide screening and links to services, and applies a public health approach to support this population.

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