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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.

Governor Rick Perry Proclaims November 2014 Family Caregivers Month

On October 17, 2014, Governor Rick Perry encouraged all Texans to recognize the commitment and dedication of the nearly 3 million Texans who provide care and support to children and adults with complex health care needs and disabilities by proclaiming November 2014 to be Family Caregivers Month. In issuing the proclamation, Governor Perry recognized the dedication, patience and love demonstrated by parents and family caregivers who provide much-needed help with health care and other physical needs, as well as invaluable emotional support.

We honor your dedication and encourage you to remember your own health and well-being as you care for another. Being a parent or family caregiver is rewarding, but it can also be stressful — mentally, physically, emotionally and financially.

Community partners and stakeholders, please join us in recognizing and supporting the wonderful parents and family caregivers in Texas.

You can download the official proclamation issued by the Office of the Governor: November 2014 - Family Caregivers Month Proclamation (PDF, 239 KB)

Resources for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs


If you would like to learn more about caregiving and support in your community, or if you want to talk with someone, these resources can help.

Family Caregiver Alliance

A website for caregiving information and support groups.

Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Services Program’s community based contractors

The Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Services Program contracts with community-based organizations throughout the state that provide case management and support services to children with special health care needs and their families.

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)  The ADRCs support families and caregivers by increasing access to available caregiver support services in their communities.
Take Time Texas
Respite Care
Respite care is a rest or a break from providing care for others, giving caregivers a temporary break in their responsibilities to care for themselves.
Visit this website to learn about respite care in your area.
Texas Department of Aging and Disability (DADS)

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 http://www.txvendordrug.com/formulary/limited-hhs.shtml.  CSHCN clients with questions about this notice may call the program at 1-800-252-8023.

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Last updated November 17, 2014