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Children With Special Health Care Needs Program

Program Goal
Provide resources and referrals for children in the community to ensure access to health care, insurance, information and support.

Children from birth to 21 years who have (or may have) a serious or chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition.

This program provides assistance in locating a physician or other health care provider to ensure each child has a medical home. The program may also provide assistance in obtaining insurance and/or other programs that help to cover health care costs – i.e. Medicaid, Child Health Plus. Supportive measures as well as medical information may be provided.

To Learn More: Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program

Preschool Special Ed Program

This program focuses on the educational needs of children ages 3 to 5 years who have developmental delays. 

This program offers evaluations and a variety of services to help maximize the child’s developmental potential.  If you suspect that your child has a developmental delay or disability, contact your local school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education to make a referral.

Contact the Children With Special Health Care Needs Program at (315) 386-2325.

Additional Resources

Child Find

Provides developmental assessments of children age birth to three.  Educate parents regarding child developmental stages.  Referrals made to other providers as needed.

Resource Directory for Children and Young Adults with Special Health Care Needs (pdf)

This resource directory is for the families of children and young adults who have a serious illness or long-lasting condition for which they need extra health care and support services.

Milestone Tracker App | CDC

Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.

Positive Parenting Tips | CDC

These links will help you learn more about your child’s development, positive parenting, safety, and health at each stage of your child’s life.