The Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs (OCSHCN), previously called the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN), provides comprehensive care to children and youth with special health care needs who:
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.
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
- Hearing Loss
The Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs can provide the following types of services for children with special health care needs:
- On-site at OCSHCN offices in 11 locations
- Satellite clinics in physician offices and other settings
- Office visits
- Physician Services
- Care Coordination
- Case Management
Related Lab and Follow-up
- Coverage for X-rays and lab tests ordered by OCSHCN staff
- Medication Management
- Nutrition Consultations
- Nutritional Supplements
- Durable Medical Equipment
OCSHCN does not cover primary medical care. All services must be authorized in advance by your care coordinator.
Who is Eligible and How to Apply
Who can be seen at the Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs?
Eligible clients must:
- Be residents of Kentucky;
- Be younger than 21 years old;
- Have a condition that usually responds to medical treatment that is provided within our program; and
- Meet financial guidelines.
How do I apply for services?
- Call the OCHSCN office serving your county (see office list below); or
- Call 800-232-1160; or
Email your request and let us know which county you live in. You will be contacted by a OCSHCN staff person.