Providers Resources for CYSHCN

Enable healthcare providers to receive training and obtain resources regarding CYSHCN to strengthen the overall healthcare system and to promote CYSHCN to obtain their highest potential.

Definition of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) encompasses a diverse group of children with chronic health conditions. This can include:

  • chronic health conditions (ex. diabetes)
  • medically complex health issues (ex. cystic fibrosis)
  • developmental disabilities (ex. autism spectrum disorder)
  • behavioral or emotional conditions (ex. bipolar disorder)
  • require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally
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CYSHCN Statistics
Million children and youth in the US who have special healthcare needs
of Idaho's children and youth who have special healthcare needs

Six focus areas of CYSHCN

3. Dental home: Oral healthcare that is delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way
4. Care coordination: A family-centered, assessment-driven, multidisciplinary activity that is focused on meeting the complex healthcare needs of children and youth
5. Healthcare transition: The process of moving from a child/family-centered model of healthcare to an adult/patient-centered model of healthcare and requires planning, transfer, and integration into adult-centered healthcare
Contacts Us
Stephanie Walters
CYSHCN Director