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Children's Special Health Care (CSHCS)

To find out if your child is eligible for Childrens Special Health Care Services, call your local office today.


Luce: (906) 293-5107, ext 324

Mackinac: (906) 643-1100, ext 217

Alger: (906) 387-2297, ext 401

Schoolcraft: (906) 341-6951, ext 102

What CSHCS Does For You

We work with you to ensure that you or your child receives the very best care. We help you with:

  • Paying specialty medical bills

  • Coordinating services from multiple providers

  • Learning about specialty providers like doctors, hospitals and clinics.

  • Coordinating health insurance benefits

  • Covering co-pays or deductibles


Visit Michigan's Children Special Health Care Services site for more information.


You may also visit the Family Center located on the MDHHS website, or call the Family Phone Line at 1-800-359-3722.  The Family Center is a parent-directed program that offers emotional support, information and connections to community based resources for families of children and youth with special health care needs.  Children are not required to be enrolled in CSHCS to receive services from the Family Center. 


Children must have a qualifying medical condition and be 25 years old or under. Persons 26 and over with cystic fibrosis or certain blood clotting disorders also may qualify for services.


CSHCS eligibility is not based on income.

Covers Over 2,000 Diagnoses


  • Cancer

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Cleft Palate, Cleft Lip

  • Liver Disease

  • Club Foot

  • Hypospadius

  • Deformed Limbs, Amputations

  • Myelodysplasia, Spina Bifida

  • Certain Vision Disorders

  • Paralysis, Spinal Injuries

  • Hemophilia, Blood Clotting Disorders

  • Cystic Fibrosis, other Chronic Lung Conditions


  • Certain Vision Disorders

  • Paralysis, Spinal Injuries

  • Hemophilia, Blood Clotting Disorders

  • Cystic Fibrosis, other Chronic Lung Conditions

  • Hearing Loss

  • Insulin-dependent Diabetes

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Certain Heart Conditions

  • Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus

  • Neurological Disorders

  • Kidney Disease

  • Sickle Cell Anemia

Families are invited to apply to receive a Camp Scholarship for up to $250.  The Camp Scholarship is designed to assist families with sending their child with special health care needs to a camp of their choosing. Application are being accepted beginning Feburary 1st. Families will be required to submit a completed application along with an Attendance Registration Form, which will need to be filled out by the Camp Director. The form is available at the link below, or families may request the forms through the Family Phone Line at 800-359-3722. Funding is limited, so families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  

Scholarship Application

CSHCS is for children and some adults with special health care needs and their families. We help persons with chronic health problems by providing:

  • Coverage and Referral for specialty services, based on your child's health problems.

  • Family-Centered Services to support you in your role as the primary caretaker of your child.

  • Community-Based Services to help you care for your child at home and maintain normal routines.

  • Culturally Competent Services that demonstrate an awareness of cultural differences.

  • Coordinated Services to pull together the services of many providers who work within different agencies.

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