Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Children’s Special Services
Tennessee Department of Health
The first component provides medical services and reimbursement for medical care (surgery, physicians/clinic visits), medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and therapies for children to age 21 years who meet medical and financial criteria.
The second component is care coordination. CSS coordinates primary and specialty care through the designated primary care physician and corresponding managed care organization network. Care coordinators assist the family in accessing many services (educational, medical, social, transportation, support, and advocacy).
The third component, Parents Encouraging Parents, links parents/families of children with special health care needs with other parents/families whose child may have the same or similar disorder. CSS employs a team of a parent of special needs child and a nurse or social worker to provide the support, linking and training for parents to assist them in the role of a support parent for other families.