Susan Buckley, RN, Director, Public Health
Ira Singh, MPH, Deputy Director
Donald I. Baird, MD, Health Officer

California Children's Services

What is the California Children Services (CCS) Program?

California's medical program for treating children diagnosed with certain physically disabling medical conditions was started by the California Legislature in 1927. Many medical conditions that are physically disabling are eligible for benefits under the CCS program. This tax-supported program provides specialized medical care and rehabilitation for children whose families cannot provide all or part of the care.

Who is Eligible for the CCS Program?

The program is available to anyone who is:
  • Under 21 years of age; and
  • Is a California resident; and
  • Has a physically disabling medical condition that is eligible for care under CCS; and whose family income is less than $40,000 a year (State adjusted gross income). An individual whose family has a higher income may receive services if the estimated out of pocket cost of medical care in one year is expected to exceed 20 percent of income. There is no financial eligibility required for diagnostic services, medical therapy program, and high-risk infant follow-up.

What Services Does the CCS Program Provide?

  • Diagnostic evaluations - Children whose family doctor has documentation to support the suspicion of having one of the CCS eligible medical conditions are eligible for free diagnostic services.
  • Treatment Services - for a CCS-eligible medical condition, including medical, dental, and surgical care, pharmaceuticals, physical and occupational therapy, laboratory tests, X-rays, appliances, equipment, and other needed services.
  • Physical and occupational therapy - is provided in medical therapy units located in public schools to children who have a medical need for these treatment services. (These CCS services do not require financial eligibility.)
  • Medical case management - CCS provides referrals to medical specialists and centers; follow-up with others involved with the care of the child such as schools, public health/school nurses, social workers and other agencies; transferring medical records; locating new facilities and services when families move; and assisting the family to cope with the child's condition.

For more information on the CCS program, please call (707) 445-6212
or click on the link below to download the CCS Family Handbook.
Family Handbook
Manual Para Familias

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