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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

OCSHCN COVID-19 Information and Resources

Information for Families

COVID-19: Information for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs from the American Academy of Pediatrics includes a recording and article with suggestions for things families can do to stay safe and healthy. Compiled by a pediatrician and a representative from Family Voices, resources provide advice on preparing the home, managing medical appointments, supplies, schooling, coping and more.

Coronavirus Information and Resources from Family Voices offers advice on prevention and preparation during this health care crisis for families of children with special health care.

Are You Ready? Preparing for Emergencies: Tips for Families from Family Voices. Advice on how to stay informed, build a family plan and assemble necessary supplies.

Information For Providers

In-Home Virtual Care for Children with Complex Conditions During Social Distancing Representatives of four complex care programs around the country discuss how they are providing telehealth services for children with medical complexity during the COVID-19 outbreak. The programs represented are Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, University of Texas in Houston, Children's National in Washington, DC and Baystate Hospital in Massachusetts.

Clinical Programs

Developmental Screening is available in all locations below and Barbourville
(800) 348-4279

Diagnostic Locations: 
Somerset (800) 525-4279

Medical Clinic Locations: 
Bowling Green (800) 843-5877
Owensboro (877) 687-7038
Paducah (800) 443-3651
Somerset (800) 525-4279

Locations: 
Barbourville (800) 348-4279
Corbin ​(800) 348-4279
Harlan (800) 348-4279
Hazard (800) 378-3357
Manchester (800) 348-4279
Morehead (800) 928-3049
Pikeville (800) 594-7058
Prestonburg (800) 594-7058
Somerset (800) 525-4279

Locations:
Louisville (800) 232-1160

Locations:
Lexington (800) 817-3874
Louisville (800) 232-1160

Locations:
Maysville and Morehead (800) 928-3049

Note: OCSHCN Provides financial assistance for families in other locations. Please contact the OCSHCN office nearest you for details.

Locations:
Ashland (800) 928-3049
Barbourville (800) 348-4279
Bowling Green (800) 843-5877
Hazard (800) 378-3357
Lexington (800) 817-3874
Louisville (800) 232-1160
Manchester (800) 348-4279
Morehead (800) 928-3049
Owensboro (877) 687-7038
Paducah (800) 443-3651
Pikeville (800) 594-7058
Prestonburg (800) 594-7058
Somerset (800) 525-4279
Locations:
Ashland (800) 928-3049
Barbourville (800) 348-4279
Hazard (800) 378-3357
Louisville (800) 232-1160
Morehead (800) 928-3049
Owensboro (877) 687-7038
Prestonburg (800) 594-7058
Somerset (800) 525-4279


Locations:
Barbourville (800) 348-4279
Bowling Green (800) 843-5877
Hazard (800) 378-3357
Louisville (800) 232-1160
Morehead (800) 928-3049
Paducah (800) 443-3651


Locations:
Owensboro (877) 687-7038

Services

The OCSHCN can provide the following services for children with special health care needs through on-site clinics, satellite clinics or financial assistance.

Office Visits
Surgery
Hospitalization
Dental
Orthodontia
Physician Services
Care Coordination
Case Management
Coverage for x-rays and lab tests ordered by OCSHCN staff
Medication Management
Nutrition Consultations and Supplements

Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Audiology Services
Speech Therapy
Hearing Tests
Durable Medical Equipment

Asthma
Cystic Fibrosis
Rheumatology
Spina Bifida

Contact your local OCSHCN office for more information on how to get financial assistance for treatment regarding these conditions.

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
Hearing Aids
Hearing Testing
Cochlear Implant Programming

Contact your local OCSHCN office for information regarding our hearing conservation program.

Assistance is available through your local OCSHCN office regarding
-Transportation
-Foreign Language Interpretation
-Transitioning Services

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

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.