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Children's Special Health Care Services


Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) program enrolls persons, newborn to 26 years of age, who have any one of 2700 medical diagnoses which are chronic, severe, and requires treatment by a specialist. Persons with a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis, hemophilia and sickle cell disorders may be eligible to be enrolled for life. CSHCS does not cover developmental, behavioral or intellectual conditions. 


  • Is not based on income. Families with any income are eligible as long as the eligibility criteria are met.
  • There is a fee to join CSHCS. This fee is waived if the client has Medicaid, MIChild, a court-appointed guardian or lives in a foster home. The fee is determined with a sliding scale, based upon family income and family size.
  • You must be a US citizen, a documented non-citizen who has been admitted for permanent residence, or a non-citizen legally admitted migrant farm worker (i.e., seasonal agricultural worker).
  • Must be a Michigan resident

Once enrolled, CSHCS helps persons with chronic health problems by providing:

  • Coverage and referral for specialty services based on the person's health problems.
  • Family centered services to support you in your role as primary caretaker of your child.
  • Community-based services to help you care for your child at home and maintain normal routines.
  • Culturally competent services which demonstrate awareness of cultural differences.
  • Coordinated services to pull together the services of many different providers who work within different agencies.

How to Enroll

To enroll contact the local office:
Branch - 517-279-9561 ext. 146
Hillsdale - 517-473-7395 ext. 146
St. Joseph County - 269-273-2161 ext. 210

Or call the family phone line at 1-800-359-3722

Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions

Medicaid Health Plans

If you are currently on a Medicaid Health Plan and are having an issue please try to resolve by calling your health plan.  If you cannot resolve the issue, please feel free to call the beneficiary helpline at 1-800-642-3195.

Medicaid Health Plans - All Counties

Meridan Health Plan of Michigan, Inc.
(313) 324-3700 
(888) 437-0606 
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UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
(248) 559-5656
(800) 903-5253 
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McLaren Health Plan
(888) 327-0671
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Blue Cross Complete of Michigan
(888) 367-6557
(844) 799-9876
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Hillsdale County only:

Priority Health Government Programs, Inc.
(616) 942-0954
(888) 975-8102
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St. Joseph County only:

Aetna Better Health of Michigan
(866) 316-3784
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Organization Information

Annual Reports


Organization Documents

- Strategic Plan
- Mission and Vision
- Agency Organization Chart