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National Standards of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

The National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, designed to improve health care quality and outcomes for CYSHCN, are now available. To download a copy, click on the quick link on the right side of this page. You can visit the authors' websites for more information: Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.

Navigate Life Texas

The Texas Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs has released Navigate Life Texas, a website for families of children with special health care needs (CSHCN). The website is a great resource to share with your families of CSHCN, with content that includes articles, videos, and links to other websites. The website is available in English and Spanish and can be translated to other languages with a built-in Google Translator. It has already been mentioned on local news sites, including the Houston Chronicle.

Genetics Conference 2015

The Texas Department of State Health Services’ Newborn Screen Unit and Genetics Program is hosting the Genetics Conference 2015. The FREE conferences will take place on July 11 in San Antonio, July 18 in Houston and August 8th in Dallas. CME, including 2 hours of ethics, is being offered and more information can be found at


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 July 24, 2015