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Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs are infants and children from birth through 21st year who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.

Activities to serve CYSHCN and their families or children enrolled in California Children’s Services (CCS) in need of services not covered by CCS include developing systems of care, interagency collaboration, assisting local health jurisdictions (LHJs) to develop programs that identify and serve all CYSHCN, including non-CCS CYSHCN, case management, and outreach, screening and linking to appropriate services. All 61 LHJs are required to implement activities to serve CYSHCN and their families.

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