Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs

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The Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs (OCSHCN) works to improve systems of care, provide information and referral to families, who would like assistance in finding the services available to their child; provide training to families and professionals on best practices related to medical home, cultural competence, transition to adulthood and family and youth involvement; and support telemedicine to provide services in remote areas of the state.

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

Vision

All children and youth with special health care needs have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Mission

To continuously improve comprehensive systems of care that enhances the health, future and quality of life for children and youth with special health care needs and their families.

A child or young adult with a special health condition has several resources available to them and their family. The Arizona Early Intervention Program provides services to children from birth to age 3, who are at risk for a developmental delay. The Children's Rehabilitative Services Program serves children birth through age 21, who have some of the most serious health conditions and are enrolled in Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). Arizona's Long Term Care System provides care to children and adults with a physical or developmental disability who need the type of daily care a nurse might provide. The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) provides services to children at risk of having a developmental disability (up to age six) and those over age six with a diagnosis of epilepsy, cerebral palsy, cognitive/intellectual disability or autism. The Regional and Tribal Behavioral Health Authorities (RBHA & TBHA) provide community based behavioral health services to children and adults.