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East Texas Epilepsy Family Conference

The Epilepsy Foundation of Texas is hosting a family conference in Nacogdoches at the Stephen F. Austin State University Shelton Center on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Discussion topics include managing epilepsy at school, transition to adulthood, information on medication and seizures, and more. Cost is $20 per family. Scholarships are available. To register, go to For more information, please contact Kentrie LeDee at or 888-548-9716.

Webinar: Five-Year Needs Assessment Findings

Every five years, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) conducts a comprehensive statewide Needs Assessment to meet the requirements of the federal Title V Block Grant. This assessment focuses on the maternal and child health population, including children and youth with special health care needs. The 2015 Needs Assessment included outreach surveys, family focus groups, and stakeholder meetings.
Analysis of the Needs Assessment is now complete, and DSHS will be offering two webinars to share the findings of the assessment and gather family and other stakeholder feedback.
Webinars will be held on the following days:

  • Wednesday, April 15th from 3:00 - 4:30pm Central Time
  • Friday, April 17th from 10:00 - 11:30am Central Time

The same content will be covered during each webinar. To register, please use the following links:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar, including log-in instructions.  

The National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs are now available. To download a copy, click on the quick link on the right side of this page.

Clients removed from the waiting list and will now receive benefits starting November 1st

The Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Services Program is happy to announce that over 450 clients were taken off the waiting list and will now receive comprehensive health care benefits starting November 1st. Letters were sent out to eligible clients on October 27th.

It is important for the clients removed from the waiting list to keep their current health care benefits through Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare and private insurance. CSHCN Services Program will help pay for additional or other services that are not covered under their benefit package.

We also urge all CSHCN Services Program clients to keep their applications current by renewing on time every year.

If there are any questions or concerns about the waiting list, please call us at 1-800-252-8023.

Longer Eligibility Period

Starting on September 1, 2013, eligibility for the Children with Special Health Care Needs Services Program will go to a twelve-month period. This means that renewal applications will be required only once a year instead of every six months. To align financial and medical eligibility periods, clients will need to submit a full application  including a Physician/Dentist Assessment Form (PAF) the next time they renew.

Drug Benefit Changes

Effective Monday, November 12, 2012, pharmacies in Texas that have a contract with the Children with Special Health Care Needs Services Program will be able to provide a limited set of basic home health supplies to CSHCN clients. These Limited Home Health Supplies (LHHS) include diabetic test strips, lancets, insulin syringes and needles, oral electrolyte replacement fluids, hypertonic saline solution, and spacers for inhalers.  More information about this change can be found on the Texas Vendor Drug website at  CSHCN clients with questions about this notice may call the program at 1-800-252-8023.

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Last updated April 20, 2015