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Children with Special Needs

New York State offers several programs for children and adults with physical, developmental, and emotional disabilities. Several programs cover clinical and support services regardless of family income.

Click here to access a resource guide on the following programs, published by the New York State Department of Health. The guide is also available in Spanish, French, Russian, and Chinese.

Children with Special Health Care Needs Program (CSHCN)

Under the CSHCN program, New York State offers support services for children with special needs and their families, including information and referral services and two financial assistance programs:

Early Intervention

A statewide government program for infants and toddlers (birth up to age 3) that offers free screenings and services to children suspected of having a developmental delay or disability. Delays may be in the following areas: cognitive, physical, communication, social/emotional, and/or adaptive.

Medicaid Waiver Programs

Medicaid Waiver programs cover home and community-based services for children with severe and complex health care needs. Services covered by Medicaid Waivers are not normally covered by traditional Medicaid, and several programs do not consider family income for eligibility.

NYC Residents: Referrals for the following programs (except for Long-Term Home Health Care) are accepted by the Bridges to Health (B2H) unit at ACS. For more information, please click here.