The Specialized Health Services Section directs and monitors preventive, health care, screening, and case management services to targeted populations including children with certain conditions, high-risk pregnant women, and adults with kidney disease or hemophilia. The section consists of three units.
The Purchased Health Services Unit develops and administers health care benefits and services under the Children with Special Health Care Needs Services Program, which also provides family-centered, community-based strategies to improve the quality of life for eligible individuals and their families. The unit also administers the Kidney Health Care Program which provides medical, drug, and transportation services to persons diagnosed with end-stage renal disease; the Hemophilia Assistance Program which helps people with hemophilia pay for their blood factor products; and the Glenda Dawson Donate Life – Texas Registry.
The Health Screening/Case Management Unit develops and administers federally-mandated preventive health services, including dental care, for people ages 0-21 years on Medicaid. The unit also develops and administers mandated screening programs, including vision/hearing and spinal, and case management services.
The Newborn Screening Unit develops and administers the clinical care coordination component of the Newborn Screening Program, the Newborn Hearing Screening Program, and the Genetics Program.
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