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Who We Are

The Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs (OCSHCN), formerly the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, provides comprehensive care to children and youth with special health care needs who:

  • are KY residents
  • are younger than 21
  • meet medical eligibility
  • meet financial eligibility

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for Kentucky's children with special health care needs through quality service, leadership, advocacy, education and collaboration.

Our vision is to be the visible leader in supporting the highest quality of life for Kentucky’s children with special health care needs and their families through collaboration and creation of a more accessible community based system of support.

Clinic Programs

Specialty Medical Care

OCSHCN provides services through a variety of specialty clinics held across the commonwealth.

  • Asthma (severe)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Communication Disorders
  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Eye
  • Hearing Loss
  • Heart
  • Hemophilia
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic
  • Otology
  • Rheumatology
  • Scoliosis


The Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs can provide the following types of services for children with special health care needs:

Medical Services

  • On-site at OCSHCN offices in 11 locations
  • Satellite clinics in physician offices and other settings
  • Office visits
  • Surgery
  • Hospitalization
  • Dental
  • Orthodontia
  • Physician Services
  • Care Coordination
  • Case Management

Therapy Services

Related Lab and Follow-up

  • Coverage for X-rays and lab tests ordered by OCSHCN staff
  • Medication and Medication Management
  • Nutrition Consultations and Supplements
  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • Transportation

OCSHCN does not cover primary medical care. All services must be authorized in advance by your care coordinator.