The goal of the Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs is to promote good health and quality of life for all children and youth with special health care needs and their families.
Who we serve
The Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health works with families, providers, and others to support children and youth with special health needs ages birth to 22 and their families. This includes children and youth with chronic medical, physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions.
Who are “children and youth with special health care needs?”
As defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau: “Children with special health care needs are those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.” (McPherson M, Arango P, Fox HB, A new definition of children with special health care needs. Pediatrics 1998; 102:137-140)
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Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs
Promoting good health and quality of life for children and youth with special health care needs and their families.
- Community Support Line
- Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund (CICRF)
- SSI and Public Benefits Training and Technical Assistance
- Massachusetts Technology Assistance Resource Team (MASSTART)
- Health Transition for Youth and Young Adults with Special Health Needs
- Family Initiatives Programs
- Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program
- Financial Assistance for Hearing Aids
- Medical Review Team
- Care Coordination for Children and Youth With Special Health Needs
- Pediatric Palliative Care Network (PPCN)
- Family TIES of Massachusetts