Since 1933, Texas has worked to improve the care of children with special
health-care needs through the Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)
Services Program. Using state and federal funds, this program provides health
benefits to qualified families with children with special health-care needs and
people of any age with cystic fibrosis. The Program promotes family-centered,
community-based, culturally-competent, and coordinated health care and family
support services. As such, the Program recognizes the importance of the family
as the focus of planning and service delivery, and promotes family choice and
collaboration between parents and professionals. The Program strives to deliver
services that honor and respect cultural beliefs, traditions, values,
interpersonal styles, attitudes and behaviors.
Enrolling in the CSHCN Services Program
Enrollment in Texas Medicaid is a prerequisite for enrolling in the CSHCN
Services Program. Consult the
provider enrollment page for more details.
CSHCN Services Program Contact Information
- TMHP-CSHCN Services Program Contact Center: 1-800-568-2413
- HHSC-CSHCN Services Program Inquiry Line: 1-800-252-8023 or refer to the
CSHCN Services Program website
The CSHCN Services Program exists to achieve the following program goals:
- Early identification of children with special health-care needs
- Diagnosis and evaluation to determine appropriate treatment
- Direct medical care and related services
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Program Services and Authorization Requirements
The CSHCN Services Program is a comprehensive health-care program that
includes, but is not limited to, the items shown in the list below. Please use
the hyperlinks to learn more about a particular benefit. You can also take the
free CSHCN Services
Program computer-based training (CBT) for more information about benefits,
limitations, and authorization requirements.
Some services require prior authorization or authorization as a condition for
reimbursement, and some require neither. Please note that authorization or prior
authorization is not a guarantee of payment.
To learn more, consult the CSHCN Services Program Provider Manual or
take the online course
CSHCN Services Program Basics.
Current CSHCN Services Program Provider Manual - Chapters
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