Community Health, Michigan Department of

Address: 201 Townsend Street, Capitol View Building
Lansing,, MI 48913
Phone: (517) 373-3740 Website:

Department of Community Health – The Family Center for Children & Youth with Special Needs (FC),  a section of CSHCS, this program gives parents a voice in CSHCS services and policy making. Most Family Center staff are parents of children with special health needs. FC staff also run the Family Support Network of Michigan and administers parent conference Scholarship and conference scholarships for youth and young adults with special needs.

Departments include: Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records, Pregnant Women , Children and Families Program, Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Health Care Coverage, Statistics and Reports, Providers, and Public Safety & Environmental health.


Programs within the Department of Community Health:


Children's Waiver Program

The Children's Waiver Program (CWP) is a federal entitlement program that provides Medicaid funded home and community-based services to children (under age 18) who are eligible for, and at risk of, placement into an Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR).  Children with developmental disabilities and who have challenging behaviors and/or complex medical needs are served through this program


Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS)

Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) is a program within the Michigan Department of Community Health. It is for children and some adults with special health care needs and their families.  CSHCS strives to enable individuals with special health care needs to have improved health outcomes and an enhanced quality of life through the appropriate use of the CSHCS system of care

Goals are to Assist individuals with special health care need in accessing the broadest possible range of appropriate medical care, health education and supports.

Assume delivery of these services and supports in an accessible, family centered, culturally competent, community based and coordinated manner.

Promote and incorporate parent/professional collaboration in all aspects of the program

There is a fee to join CSHCS.  This fee is waived if your child is on Medicaid, MIChild.  This fee is based upon income.   If you have specific questions about this fee, please call:

Local Health Department or CSHCS Family Phone Line:

Phone:  (1-800-359-3722)

CSHCS Family Guide

CSHCS Family Phone Line

Phone: 1-800-359-3722  

CSHCS Email:


State CHIP Program (health care for low-income uninsured children) – MIChild

MIChild is a health care coverage program using State funds, as well as funds authorized under Title XXI of the Federal Social Security Act, to furnish health care coverage to a targeted population. This population consists of individuals under age 19 who are not eligible for Medicaid, whose family income is above 150% and at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, and who do not have comprehensive health care coverage. The Department of Community Health contracts with an Administrative Contractor to provide administrative support for MIChild.


Phone: (888) 988-6300 (Toll Free)

TTY: (888) 263-5897 (Toll Free)


MIChild Brochure

Phone: 1-888-988-6300

TTY: 1-888-263-5897


How Can I Get Free or Low Cost Health Care?

To see if you qualify, visit:

The MIChild/Healthy Kids Application (DCH-0373) is used to apply for MIChild benefits, or Complete an Electronic Application


Please visit our website or Contact us for more information:

MDCH Directory

Office Location:

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